THE VILLAGE AU PIED-DU-COURANT
The Village au Pied-du-Courant is a reinvented public space. Built anew every year by a collective effort, the project is made possible thanks to the participation of dozens of teams of designers and the support of countless collaborators. Dynamic in nature, the Village is an urban living lab for the experimentation and development of new practices in design, entrepreneurship and the arts. In order to prioritize accessibility and encourage community engagement, entry and all programming is -- and always will be -- free.
The Village au Pied-du-Courant has been managed by La Pépinière | Espace collectifs since its creation in 2014. A non-profit, the project subscribes to the goal of revitalizing an under-utilized urban space, while also permitting the local community to reappropriate it. For this reason, the project’s DNA can be broken down into four intertwined components:
The community is the foundation of the project: Citizens, designers, organizations, collaborators, participants and volunteers, as well as the online community directly shape the project.
The reinvented site is a place for community affirmation. In this frame of mind, the Village au Pied-du-Courant positions itself as a dynamic and evolving living space.
The structure of the space makes it a living lab where entrepreneurial initiatives and organizations can experiment with new practices in the arts and design, and participate in the co-creation of sustainable development.
This laboratory hence acts as a platform for showcasing rising talent -- whether it be in design, visual arts or the local music scene -- for the benefit of the local community.