◀︎  Beyond the walls

The art of metropolitan trails

Travelling exhibition programme

Created in en 2020, the exhibition “The art of metropolitan trails” describes this emerging practice, renders homage to its pioneers, explains how to create a metropolitan trail.

From Bordeaux to Boston, Istanbul, Milan, Marseille, and beyond, metropolitan trails have generated a new creative space that lies at the crossroads of urban planning, art, tourism, and environmentalism. Mixing the urban with the cultural, these projects involve many aspects, ranging from the initial, collective attempts to develop them (scouting, city walks, and metropolitan hiking) to documenting them (through art projects, books, articles, travel journals, audiobooks, documentary films, and exhibitions), ultimately resulting in a collective itinerary created in conjunction with local authorities.

This trail is the first metropolitan cultural facility to cover all of Grand Paris. At 600 km in length, it can be walked in 30 days. Designed by artists, architects, urban planners, and philosophers, it provides inhabitants and walkers with an experience extending from the near to the far suburbs of Paris. For its creators, metropolitan hiking represents a social movement like urban agriculture and temporary use that changes how we inhabit and perceive our surrounding territory. "By connecting us to the physical space at the very epicenter of our current environmental crisis, these trails help us envision the post-oil city".


Exhibition created by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, 2020
Scientific curators :
Baptiste Lanaspèze, founder of Wildproject Editions and initiator of GR2013
Paul-Hervé Lavessière, urban planner and writer

Pavillon de l'Arsenal travelling exhibitions
Pavillon de l'Arsenal exports the urban know-how of the city of Paris and of French and Parisian architects through the presentation of travelling exhibitions. These exhibitions provide an opportunity for professionals of different nationalities to meet and strengthen links with cities and similar organisations in France and abroad.

- Campus Lerma, Mexico
01/07 > 15/07 - Urban Design Studio, Sarajevo - Bosnie-Herzégovine
18/05 > 30/06 - Médiathèque de l'Alpha, Angoulême
18/03 > 17/04 - Fabrique POLA, Bordeaux


16/09 > 31/10 - Guest Cities Exhibition, Seoul Architecture and Urbanism Biennale
13/06 > 26/09 - Pavillon # Presqu'île de Caen
04/06 > 10/09 - Maison de l'architecture, Strasbourg


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