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Metropolitan Trail Academy 2020 – Join the Trail Bursary

10th December 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Metropolitan Trail Academy:

As an extension of the current Metropolitan Trail exhibition at Mucem we are pleased to announce today the birth of the academy of metropolitan trails. Launched by a network of European partners, the academy of metropolitan trails launches in Spring 2020 a new cycle of training in 5 cities across Europe. Athens (7-8 February); Paris (28-29 February); Milan (March 20-21); Cologne (April 25-26);

>> Pre-Registration: Contact@Metropolitantrails.Org
>> a project supported by Erasmus+
>> recipient partners: Le Bureau Des Guides-GR 2013, Mucem, urbanegestalt, Sentieri_Metropolitani, Μονοπάτια Tēs Elládas-Paths of Greece, Μονοπάτια Tēs Elládas-Paths of Greece, InspiralLondon, MetropolitanTrails

You can find out more about MT and Erasmus programme at MTA http://metropolitantrails.org/academy/


These conferences and workshops are open to all, professionals and amateurs alike:
  • You are an architect, landscape designer, urban planner and you want to improve your relationship with fieldwork and other associated disciplines…
  • You are a hiker and interested in architecture and urban planning…
  • You work in the field of education (adults and/or children) and would like to develop the fieldwork dimension with your students…
  • You are in love with your city and would like to set up a metropolitan trail project there…
Two possible formats:
  • Walking conferences (free): a group day outdoors in one of the 5 cities to explore one of the 5 lessons
  • Professional workshops (for a fee): a day in a small group to go more in depth, to meet with local actors
Lesson 1 • How to map out a trail?
February 6-8, 2020
In the footsteps of Jordi Ballesta, author of the “Attiko Monopati” trail (Metropolitan Trail of Greater Athens), and Boris Sieverts (a walking artist of the Greater Cologne area), who will share with you their tools, methods and visions of their art of drawing metropolitan trails.
Lesson 2 • How to produce a trail?
February 28-29, 2020
On the Greater Paris Metropolitan Trail with Paul-Hervé Lavessière and Baptiste Lanaspèze + the Bureau des Guides du GR2013, two days on the project conception, the partnerships strategy and tips and tricks to make your project last, whether you are an artist, an employee of a local government or a collective.
• REGISTRATION for the walking conference
• REGISTRATION for the workshop (at the “Institut Paris Région”, to be confirmed)
Lesson 3 • How to tell the story of a metropolis?
March 20-21, 2020
On the “Sentieri Metropolitani” in Milan with Gianluca Migliavacca (architect), Gianni Biondillo (writer) and Carmelo Vanadia (guide) + the Bureau des Guides du GR2013, we will see how walking a trail leads to the formulation of new metropolitan narratives.
Lesson 4 • How to become a guide?
April 25-26, 2020
In the footsteps of Boris Sieverts, who has been leading urban treks in the industrial outskirts of Cologne since 1998, and Nicolas Mémain, walking artist (urban planning medal for the creation of the GR2013), a unique masterclass between railways, former mining sites and an industrial port, on the how to become a professional metropolitan guide.
Lesson 5 • How to build a community?
May 15-18, 2020
The trail is first and foremost a link between the neighbourhoods, visitors and residents of the city.
How can we ensure that the construction of the trail is an adventure shared by communities? Between the conference and the workshop, students will be invited to a one-day special event around the étang de Berre.
 May 14, 2020
This conference will bring together the entire team of the Metropolitan Trails Academy to present to the public the results and perspectives of this outdoors university, which invites us to re-inhabit our cities.
The Metropolitan Trails Academy is a project coordinated by Sentiers Métropolitains/Metropolitan Trails, with PathsOfGreece, Trekking Italia, Urbanegestalt, Mucem and the Bureau des Guides du GR2013.

Associated partners: Bruit du Frigo collective, the French Institute, Counterproductions, Metropolitan Travel, Region SUD Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Haus der Architektur Köln, Greenevolution and the Paris Region Institute.

This project is co-financed by the European Union’s Erasmus+ agency as part of an innovation program in adult education.

InspiralLondon MTA Bursary:

To apply for the bursary please send a statement of maximum 500 words to contact@inspirallondon.com  (website, online profile and/or current cv can be usefully appended to application) – that sets out: your interest in being part of this unique academy programme; why you might need financial assistance to allow you to take part; how you see the experience enhancing intercultural exchange across a changing European landscape. Deadline for applications was December 10th 2019 with award made before Xmas 2019.

The £500 bursary will be paid in two parts – initial 50% on being accepted for MTA programme, the following 50% on your taking part in and completing at least 3 city modules with the expectation that you will contribute to the other 2 modules (remotely or if possible in person). The bursary is designed to help potential UK based participant to take part in the programme – to support travel and accommodation costs  – Academy Workshop programme is free (sponsored by Metropolitan Trail International). You will need to complete a brief feedback report on your experiences; outlining how sharing knowledge with Trail Designers, artists and other invited participants has enriched your understanding of your own and others practice such as Walking Art, City Design or urban ecology.


10th December 2019
5:00 pm