Common metropolis

Metropolitan hikes for those involved in public planning

On the edge of the urban and territorial consultation organized by the Interministerial Mission for the Metropolitan Project, the GR2013 Guides Office offered teams to explore the territory for four days, along the metropolitan path: days walks punctuated by discussions and exchanges, meals facing the landscapes shared with the members of the teams but also with the interministerial mission, the elected officials, the participants in the worksites, the inhabitants.

The opportunity to showcase our knowledge prior to the project and pass on to the teams several years of metropolitan culture patiently developed over the course of the explorations carried out since 2011 as well as during the projects organized by the prefect Laurent Théry.

Beyond the gesture of hospitality by the invitation to embark on the largest metropolitan hiking project, it was the opportunity to accomplish the GR 2013 project which, from the beginning went beyond the strict cultural framework to be a instrument for reading the territory first and then for planning.

These 80 km of walk in the high places of the metropolis completed placing the themes of the landscape, the city-nature relationship, the spectacular dimension, at the heart of the consultation. Until a few years ago, these themes hardly existed in public discourse, nor on the scale of Marseille, and even less on that of the metropolis.

Revealing the high places of the metropolitan area by showing them through the menu, the ground, in all their historical dimensions, has forged a concrete bond with the teams, which explains their importance in their proposals.

“We especially remember, thanks to the metropolitan hikes, two characteristic aspects of the territory: its spectacular side, the great points of view that can be discovered while passing from one valley to another, but also its side“ live happily, live hidden ” which leads to improbable cohabitations between activity zones, river, micro beach… ”David Mangin, SEURA team

“Metropolitan hikes have really made it possible to make the planning temptation of the town planner obsolete, but to make him the bearer of stories about the territory.” Fabienne Boudon, Project Manager, LIN team