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.
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.
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).