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Paris, Third places of solidarity

RÊV Café Montreuil Publiée le 22.06.20

In a few words

To what extent is it con­ceiv­able to bring to life in a 200 m² café what works on the four hectares of Grands Voisins? Cohab­i­ta­tion of var­ied audi­ences, free cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming, encour­age­ment of vol­un­tary involve­ment … Yes We Camp takes up this chal­lenge with the RÊV Café, opened in April 2018, on the Place de la République in Mon­treuil. To sup­port this attempt, we have set up a ded­i­cat­ed struc­ture, in asso­ci­a­tion with Remake (the inno­va­tion unit of REI Habi­tat) and the Qua­torze col­lec­tive. RÊV is both a lunchtime can­teen, a week­end brunch des­ti­na­tion, a sup­port place for the orga­ni­za­tion of events in the pub­lic square, and a space avail­able for var­i­ous pro­grams dur­ing the day and in the evening.

We seek to devel­op shared own­er­ship of the place, par­tic­u­lar­ly for cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming, the orga­ni­za­tion of work­shops and evening cook­ing.

Key information

Since April 2018

200 m²

In num­bers
2,700 sus­pend­ed cof­fees offered and con­sumed
300 events orga­nized by 90 dif­fer­ent speak­ers
6 days of con­struc­tion sites open before open­ing
54 pro­vi­sion of the kitchen for dif­fer­ent struc­tures
6 events on the Place de la République


Asso­ci­a­tion of archi­tects, town plan­ners and land­scap­ers with the ambi­tion to pro­mote, exper­i­ment and trans­mit an approach to social and sol­i­dar­i­ty archi­tec­ture

Sub­sidiary of the REI Habi­tat group leads an upcy­cling and reuse process and reveals pub­lic spaces through par­tic­i­pa­to­ry projects.

The little story

When the CAN final was broad­cast on Place de la République in July 2019, more than 150 peo­ple attend­ed. In the mid­dle of the game, there was an inter­net cut and we had to share the con­nec­tion with Estelle’s cell phone — employ­ee of the RÊV — to have inter­net and con­tin­ue broad­cast­ing … The spec­ta­tors shout­ed “come on Estelle, go Estelle »All in a fam­i­ly and fes­tive atmos­phere to encour­age us. In the end, we had the fastest cleanup ever thanks to the peo­ple there who helped us out!

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