On May 13, 18 and 25, 2022, Transfert organizes on its Rezé site (44) Enlightened Encounters. This time of exchange between professionals from the world of art and culture, city making and research takes place in the form of a cycle of three meetings. They pose questions at the crossroads of worlds, in order to bring a multi-stakeholder view to common problems. Here is the program of the 3 conferences.
MAY 13, 2022 – from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Cultural urban planning, acting with “Doing with” and “already done”.
For about sixty years, the urbanism of the plan has proposed to operators to build on virgin land or “blank slates”. Today, taking into account contemporary issues –environmental, social or cultural–, many voices are raised to propose other ways of thinking about making the city. Acting with the “do with” and the “already done” becomes a new way of doing that is based on the consideration of what already exists, understood as a resource.
Composed of multiple elements – human (individual, social body, society), but also non-human (fauna, flora, climate) or non-living (building, monument, built form) – how is this resource taken into account? How do designers and developers integrate this new situation into urban transformation? Must it be absolutely preserved? How does cultural urban planning, with its different forms of intervention, reveal the riches of a place before and during its transformation? How is the value thus created considered in turn as a resource of the territory?
• Valentine Roy, In charge of the reconversion of the Jacques Cartier prison, Rennes City and Metropolis
• Stéphane Juguet, anthropologist, prospectivist; Director of the agency What Time Is IT
• Fanny Broyelle, deputy director in charge of production and laboratory projects at Pick Up, sociologist
• Maryne Lanaro, Artistic Director of the Grand Dehors Collective
• Fabienne Boudon or Lou Bellegarde, urban architects and directors of the Particles agency (winner of the 2018 young urban planners award)
MAY 18, 2022 – from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Cultural urbanism or urbanization of culture, who benefits from the action?
Different actors from the world of art, public policies or the urban fabric accompany the post-industrial transformation of cities with multiple challenges.
For artists, the city is the material, support and/or purpose of creation, to criticize it and deconstruct the notions of work and public. For urban planners, developers or promoters, it is about supporting urban, environmental and social transformations, taking into account the strong economic, territorial and regulatory pressures. At the public policy level, the challenge is to develop attractiveness, preserve diversity and improve the living environment in the highly competitive metropolis.
Due to their values of creativity and inspiration, artists and cultural actors are widely called to the service of new concepts that renew urban design, such as the creative city or tactical urbanism. The question of instrumentalization then arises: for what purposes? Are artistic and cultural interventions only for animation purposes or can they influence the trajectories of urban operations? Between collision and collusion of interests, how do all these actors work in favor of that common good that is the city, and by lastof its inhabitants?
• Luca Pattaroni, Sociologist and researcher at the Urban Sociology Laboratory (LaSUR) of the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL), author of “The domesticated counterculture – Art, space and politics in the gentrified city”, Metispresses, 2020
• Ariella Masboungi, architect and urban planner, co-author of “La ville pas chiante”, Le Moniteur, 2021
• Jean Blaise, managing director of Voyage à Nantes
• Zineb Benzekri, artistic director of La Zankà Cie and former artistic director of the Random collective
• Nico Reverdito, Pick Up Production Director
MAY 25, 2022 – from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Configuration of spaces and nature of urban life, new ways of inhabiting the city
In the common imagination, the term living is very often reduced to the idea of dwelling, that is, an address or a dwelling. This notion, however, encompasses a much larger dimension that refers to the relationship that the human being has with his place of life. Living is therefore not a passive fact but an individual and collective act that is part of a movement where the inhabitant can be, do and act.
Although most of these elements are the result of actors in the construction of the city (public policies, developers, urban planners, architects), other actors contribute to this dynamic, such as artists and cultural actors, with their ability to generate situations that are carefree, festive, kind, imaginative, poetic, sensitive, expressive, lively, permissive, etc. Considering this definition of living, are our places of life configured so that we are the actors? Is the nature of urban life conducive to free expression, spontaneous action, unlikely encounters? How do those who propose new ways of inhabiting the city enter the chain of actors in the urban fabric?
• Lucile Rimbert, artistic director of the Lu companytwo (Strasbourg)
• Stefan Shankland, visual artist, professor-researcher and professor at the National School of Architecture of Nantes
• Chloé Gingast, director of research-action projects at the Transfer Laboratory, Pick Up Production (Nantes)
• Pascal Ferren, philosopher and urban planner, director of The Reverse of the Rocket (Tours)
• Pierrick Beillevaire, Urban Architect, Managing Director of In Situ architecture, culture(s) and city