City/Cité - Walking on Earth: Designing a Metropolitan Trail in Atlanta

Wed Oct 11 2023 at 09:00 am to Sun Oct 15 2023 at 05:00 pm

Fourth Ward Offices Atlanta Tower 2 | Atlanta

Villa Albertine
Publisher/HostVilla Albertine
City\/Cit\u00e9 - Walking on Earth: Designing a Metropolitan Trail in Atlanta
A 5-day workshop with architects, urbanists, artists, and students to imagine a metropolitan trail in Atlanta.
About this Event

Join Villa Albertine and City/Cité for 5 days of studio work, field explorations and public events to imagine a metropolitan trail in Atlanta. Along rivers, through forests, from urban farms to cultural venues, across parkways and railway tracks, how do we imagine and design a cultural facility that permeates the city - a trail to connect communities to their territory?

A workshop curated by Paul-Hervé Lavessière (Metropolitan Trail Agency) and Hannah S. Palmer (writer and urbanist, Atlanta), with Alexandre Field (Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Marseille / Institut Méditerranéen de la Ville et du Territoire), and Carley Rickles (College of Environment + Design at University of Georgia)

A workshop organized by Villa Albertine, the Metropolitan Trails Agency, the College of Design at Georgia Tech, the College of Environment + Design at University of Georgia, L’Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Marseille / Institut Méditerranéen de la Ville

Open to: students / scholars / professionals / inhabitants

The workshop is a 3 days workshop, from Oct 11-13, but participants are invited to take part in the public presentation that will take place during the opening week-end of the Atlanta Design Festival (Oct 14-15). Participants in the workshop will have a free access to the "Creative Futures Conference" (Atlanta Design Festival)

About Metropolitan Trails: “Metropolitan Trails are a new kind of public space. These social platforms are designed to reconnect us to our living territories, and to include inhabitants and experts to a vital conversation on post-petroleum cities. Transport infrastructures, tourist facilities, off-wall cultural centres, open-air schools—Metropolitan Trails are an international urban innovation, born in France and Europe”

This workshop is part of City/Cité — Towards Earthly Cities, a program inviting professionals from Atlanta and Marseille and the public to learn together about the ecological future of our cities. The program is designed around the urban innovation of Metropolitan Trails and the Terrestrial Cities project, both launched in Marseille. City/Cité is a transatlantic cooperation and exchange program on urban issues and city making, initiated by Villa Albertine (French Embassy in the United States).

More info: [email protected]


DAY 1- Wednesday, October 11 - 9am-4pm | STUDIO WORK

The Art of Metropolitan Trails by Paul-Hervé Lavessière: a presentation of the international network of metropolitan trails, a brief history of this movement through the exhibition presented along the Beltline.Towards Terrestrial Cities by Baptiste Lanaspeze: a conversation with Baptiste Lanaspèze (vidéoconférence). From a “wild” to a “terrestrial” city, a long walk through the metropolitan trails: what have we learned, what are we looking for, what can be done together ?

Opening of the Design sessions - Presentation of Hannah Palmer’s intuitions for a trail in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area/Watershed

Sketches, layouts and cartography experiments with participants and students. A first “exercise” to understand how to design proposals at the scale of the metropolitan/watershed area: what could be the areas, places, monuments, (...) infrastructures and communities to be united ?

DAY 2 - Thursday, October 12 - 9am-4pm | FIELD EXPLORATION

Sites visits and field explorations on a segment of the trail (along the South River watershed), in order to prepare the public walk (on Sunday).

DAY 3 - Friday, October 13 - 9am-4pm | STUDIO WORK

Collective design of a trail for the Atlanta Metropolitan Area; Layout proposals for a public walk through the South River Watershed.

PUBLIC PROGRAM ( - Oct 14-15)

DAY 4 - Saturday, October 14 - 12:45-1:45 pm | PUBLIC PRESENTATION

Public presentation of the workshop during the Creative Futures Conference, Atlanta Design Festival.

DAY 5- Sunday, October 15 - 9am-5pm | PUBLIC WALK

A public walk guided by Hannah Palmer and Paul-Hervé Lavessière, and accompanied by the participants at the workshop and guests. Visits, meetings and discussions along the way. Performances by SAFI collective & Geoffroy Mathieu along the way and Visit of the exhibition "Looking for the River," Atlanta Design Festival.

Please email us just after your registration and tell us what is your profile (student, professional, other) and the name of your institution.

Email to: [email protected]



Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Fourth Ward Offices Atlanta Tower 2, 505 North Angier Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, United States


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