The Other City; Wonderland (2011)

In August 2011 Spanton was part of a workshop entitled The Other City in St Denis, Paris ran by architect’s network Wonderland and hosted by artist-led studios Le6B

Over 4 days around 16 architects, artists and urban designers discussed issues on the theme of ‘Social Coherence’ (social cohesion and regeneration) in the Paris banlieues. We visited artist and community-led projects, took in depth walking tours of St Denis and other banlieue areas, watched films and developed our project ideas to address the issues arising.

Spanton was invited by Ellen Holleman of Urban Design organisation Islant to take part in the Wonderland workshop. Other participants were: Superwondergroup from Stuttgart, Germany, IKA Collective from Lindz, Austria, Mr & Mr from Montpellier, France and Collectif Fertile, France.

Holleman and Spanton made a presentation which suggested an ‘open source place-making’ approach to regeneration in the area of St Denis; using partnership-based community development
strategies supporting entrepreneurship and alternative economies – such as micro-finance, co-operatives and time-banking.

Images 1-3: St Denis
Images 4-6: Workshop activity
Images 7-9: At Le6b