Study Trip. Paris. May 15 – 20. 2016


The History of the european public and urban space. A Walking Tour.

The aim of this study trip is to investigate first hand the parks, squares and arcades of Paris in relation to the history and formation of early european public space and later more contemporary conceptual manifestations of park design from the 80s, 90s and 2000’s. Culminating in the most contemporary of public spaces – the occupied square.

The parks we intend to visit are the the Palais Royal, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, the Bois de Boulogne, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Pere Lachaise cemetery, Parc La Villette, Parc André Citroën, the Jardin du Luxembourg, Les Halles, the 19C arcades made famous by Walter Benjamin in the 2nd Arrondissement and the Place de la Republique at night which is part of the Nuit Debout occupation.

We will be walking a lot on this trip so please bring good walking shoes and light rainwear.

Complaining about the amount of walking will not be tolerated.

Sunday May 15

Arrival. Make own way to Hostel –


I will be there to meet you at 6.30pm. You may not be able to check in until I arrive with the credit card! but try anyway if you are there early.

Check – in and free evening to explore local area

Monday May 16


Meet at the Place des Vosges. In the centre of the square.

After that we will be walking to Les Halles, Palais Royal, Place Vendome, Tuileries Garden, the Jardin des Plantes , and the Promenade Plantée.

Tuesday May 17


Meet outside outside the Philippe-Auguste Metro station.


We will be exploring the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Parc Belleville, Parc Buttes Chaumont and Parc La Villette.

6pm. Opening at the Palais des Beaux Arts of Mark Dion’s exhibition

Wednesday May 18

10am. Meet outside the Senat entrance to the Luxembourg Gardens which is where rue Touron meets rue Vaugirard.


After exploring the Luxembourg Gardens we will then visit the Montparnasse Tower, Parc André Citroën and the Bois de Boulogne. This park includes the new Fondation Louis Vuitton designed by Frank Gehry which we will also visit.

School dinner 6pm. Chartier. 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre | 75009 Paris

Thursday May 19


Meet outside the Passage du Panoramas, Rue St Marc, between rue Vivienne and rue Montmartre.

This will be a shorter day and the afternoon is free.

5pm. Courtyard project meeting. Location to be announced.

Friday May 20

Departure to airport

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