2013


The Ring

Benauge neighbourhood

Bordeaux

The Ring,
Urban Battle, a close combat of powerful ideas

After Le Brasero in 2011 and the Viewpoint Institute in 2012, we are staying in the Benauge neighbourhood for a third year. The municipality wishes to start the redevelopment of the Pinçon park and proposes to continue our commitment to the neighbourhood around this subject. Of course we accept !

Pinçon Park is the central green space of the neighbourhood. The requalification project is designed internally by the City’s parks and gardens department. The City gives us carte blanche over a 100m2 area to define with the inhabitants a sustainable development for collective use.

We imagine a new process of mobilization and consultation : the Ring.
The approach will lead to a sketch presented to the Municipality but this proposal will remain without follow-up and without answer. A failure attributable to the context of municipal elections in progress, a lack of interest of the City services, a weak citizen mobilization or an excess of confidence on our part ?

 

In 2019, the park had not yet been renovated ?
After the frustration and the anger, we console ourselves by saying to ourselves that the Ring was a very strong artistic and human experience.


The Ring is a spectacular activation project of urban space with a goal of collectively designing a sustainable development in the Benauge neighbourhood.

The Ring is a device that leads through a story, reflection and dialogue to imagine a place to share. A space for public speech, a place to brainstorm and invent in a participative way a sustainable development for the Pinçon park.

The Ring is like a temporary wrestling ring that is set up in the heart of Pinçon Park.
On the Ring, we invite artists, inhabitants and architects to confront, debate and challenge each other in a body to body of ideas, music, cooking and games of strength.

We offer punchy and funny moments of speech, unusual artistic and sporting proposals ; from wrestling matches to Anne De Sterk’s sonoguide, incredible, irresistible or muscular fights.


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At the crossroads of art, territories and populations, our approach aims to promote the transition to sustainable, shared and welcoming cities, by proposing alternative ways of imagining and building our living environment and by exploring new forms of public space.