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Types of intervention

Site management and proliferation

Sol­i­dar­i­ty-based third places
We design and imple­ment projects inspired by the “Grands Voisins” mod­el, the first iter­a­tion being the Coco Vel­ten project in Mar­seille. This for­mat involves using a vacant build­ing site in the city cen­tre (5,000 m² min­i­mum, with out­door space) to deploy a mixed-occu­pan­cy offer with emer­gency shel­ters, offices, trade activ­i­ties, cater­ing ser­vices open to the pub­lic as well as artis­tic and cul­tur­al pro­pos­als.

The expe­ri­ences gained from the Restau­rant Ora­toire and the bar La Lin­gerie, both devel­oped with­in the Les Grands Voisins project, have allowed us to make con­sid­er­able progress in the food ser­vice trade. We are now engaged in and con­tin­ue to explore its var­i­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties: social cater­ing, gourmet food at afford­able prices, links to pro­duc­ers, cul­tur­al and artis­tic pro­gram­ming.

Out­door waste­lands turned social–cultural spaces
Con­tin­u­ing along the same lines as Chez Albert in Aubervil­liers, Fores­ta in Mar­seille and Vive les Groues in Nan­terre, we want to con­tribute to the open­ing of new out­door spaces — incu­ba­tors of cit­i­zen­ry — by tak­ing advan­tage of vacant or fal­low land.

Training and support

The “Devel­op­ing Shared Spaces” pro­fes­sion­al cer­tifi­cate
Launched in 2019, in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Paris Est Gus­tave Eif­fel and with the sup­port of the government’s French Impact pro­gramme, our course assem­bles forty-some project lead­ers and inter­est­ed actors (devel­op­ers, local gov­ern­ment man­ag­er, etc.) to fol­low a set of fixed ses­sions sched­uled over a peri­od of 12 to 18 months. This pro­fes­sion­al cer­tifi­cate is a for­mi­da­ble tool for bring­ing actors togeth­er as well as a guar­an­tee of qual­i­ty and trust that lends to the cred­i­bil­i­ty of project lead­ers for their insti­tu­tion­al part­ners.

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Three-year sup­port for emerg­ing third places
This is a for­mu­la that we are exper­i­ment­ing with today in Roubaix with the Saisons Zéro project, in which we main­tain a reg­u­lar sup­port­ing role for a local asso­ci­a­tion engaged in the tem­po­rary occu­pa­tion of a for­mer con­vent in the Poli­tique de la Ville area.

This form of sup­port allows us to use the Yes We Camp “label of trust” for the ben­e­fit of new project ini­tia­tors.

The Saisons Zéros project

Inter­ven­tion with social hous­ing providers
We are involved with orga­ni­za­tions that pro­vide shel­ter and ser­vices for mar­gin­al­ized groups (Aurore, Groupe SOS, Emmaüs, HAS, etc.) by inter­ven­ing in the devel­op­ment of spaces: broad­en­ing the pub­lic, rein­forc­ing rela­tion­ships with res­i­dents, design­ing sig­nage for the sites, ani­mat­ing dai­ly activ­i­ties and imple­ment­ing cul­tur­al pro­grammes for res­i­dents. Two such inter­ven­tions have been car­ried out for the Asso­ci­a­tion Aurore in Paris, and we are cur­rent­ly exper­i­ment­ing with a social groundskeeper/daily main­te­nance role for mar­gin­al­ized pop­u­la­tions at a vaca­tion cen­tre made avail­able dur­ing the COVID-19 lock­down.

Artistic and cultural interventions

Com­mis­sioned artis­tic inter­ven­tions
We are reg­u­lar­ly solicit­ed for artis­tic and cul­tur­al cre­ations, from phys­i­cal struc­tures to events (Berges de Seine in Paris, 500 Years of Le Havre, Art Bien­nale in Bor­deaux, Fes­ti­val de Mar­tigues, scenog­ra­phy for the Mucem). Since 2013, we con­tin­ue to expand on our abil­i­ties to imag­ine and car­ry out artis­tic inter­ven­tions: light archi­tec­ture, col­lec­tive works, cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming, curat­ing and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry for­mats.

A net­work of artist res­i­den­cies
Our projects host young artists, chore­o­g­ra­phers, dancers and com­pa­nies, in order to pro­vide them with work and pro­duc­tion spaces. We also reg­u­lar­ly launch calls for res­i­den­cies under spe­cif­ic con­di­tions: in situ(to pro­duce accord­ing to the space and encounter) and in progress (to explore col­lab­o­ra­tive prac­tices and hos­pi­tal­i­ty with­in the cre­ative process).