The Academy of Metropolitan Trails are both a tool and an innovative practice for rediscovering our inhabited territories and redefining our political geographies. The Academy of Metropolitan Trails is an educational project that provides avenues for building metropolitan trails and reading about metropolises. The establishment of a metropolitan path goes hand in hand with the establishment of “local educational communities” (on the model of the heritage communities of Faro). Within these communities, a civic practice of sharing knowledge and sharing expertise takes place on the ground, while walking, through the production of a charter, a guide and MOOCs (translated into 6 languages ), 6 structures combine their knowledge to define a common base that will allow new project leaders to develop their own practice, to design their project and to work both with communities and with civil society (artists, associations) in based on a complex panel of skills and experiences, both technical, human and relational.
Birth of an urban school
Between town planning, ecology, tourism and contemporary art, the Metropolitan Paths are urban facilities that renew our representations and practices of the contemporary city. The Metropolitan Paths are open platforms for continuing education in the city in all its aspects. Wishing to share their know-how, several creators of Sentiers Métropolitains d’Europe have come together to found the Académie des Sentiers Métropolitains, which in 2020 is publishing a charter, a methodological guide and a Mooc.
The Academy was designed at the end of the General Assembly of Metropolitan Trails, held at the Mucem in December 2017, during the inauguration of the Metropolitan Trails Showcase. It is coordinated by Metropolitan Trails, with PathsOfGreece, Trekking Italia, Büro für Städtereisen, urbanegestalt, Le Bureau des guides du GR2013 and Mucem. A project co-financed by the Erasmus + agency of the European Union as part of an educational program for adults.
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