© Frédéric Malenfer
© Frédéric Malenfer
© Frédéric Malenfer

What else can be shared?

by Urbain, trop Urbain

Canal du Midi + Open Data = CANALDATA! 10-kilometer long canal banks embrace Toulouse's city center. Its inhabitants have been sharing them for 333 years. What about bringing the sharing of these banks one step further in embedding them into a horizontal economy of care?

CANALDATA is about ...
Being open – a web application enables everyone to document their lot: trees, urban furnishing, public signage, topography, inhabitants, urban legends. Every guest or visitor may make the depository's inventory larger.
Being participatory – a web application enables everyone to document their lot: trees, urban furnishing, public signage, topography, inhabitants, urban legends. Every guest or visitor may make the depository's inventory larger.
Being creative – open data gives a great opportunity for data visualization and the invention of mobile apps. Works of art may enter into the Canal's digital archive as well.
Being convivial – the Canal's banks host a 24-hour big event as well as any short-lived and alternative development initiatives!



    © Foto:Frédéric Malenfer
    © Foto:Frédéric Malenfer
    © Frédéric Malenfer

    The Toulouse Open Call is closed: the community chose CANALDATA by Urbain, trop Urbain as the best idea. Canal du Midi + Open Data = CANALDATA! is the formula on which the idea is based. Each interested inhabitant of Toulouse takes care of 10 m of the Canal du Midi crossing the city: green spaces, urban furniture, artistic interventions and many more activities are possible. The interventions will be presented and connected through an open data platform. A one-day festival will be the opportunity for testing and celebrating together.

    More information on this idea and a varied program on “Swapping Crisis for City” can be discovered in the We-Traders exhibition in Toulouse! The opening takes place on Thursday 13 November at 18:30 in the premises Centre Méridional de l’Architecture et de la Ville (CMAV).

    More infos and dates can be found on the website of the Goethe-Institut Toulouse and the We-Traders Facebook-Page.

    Download Programme We-Traders Toulouse 

    11 November 2014 by Admin

      The Open Call Toulouse is launched !

      © Rose Epple
      © Rose Epple

      What else can be shared?

      What can inhabitants and fellow citizens share to make living together more durable and sustainable? Besides urban space, people already share cars, gardens, meals, child care, games, workshops and living spaces. Is sharing not only to their personal advantage, but also an answer to the economic and environmental crisis? Is sharing not more than anything else a way to rediscover the advantages of urban life and the very purpose of a city? We are launching a call for ideas or initiatives around the concept of sharing. You can participate by subscribing and uploading an idea at the We-Traders community.
      The ideas will be promoted, spread and published in the framework of the exhibition WE-TRADERS. Swapping crisis for city.
      The winner will be able to have their idea presented at the exhibition in Toulouse and travel to the exhibition in Brussels in 2015!

      07. October 2014 by Admin

      Notes from the four We-Traders Forums in Lisbon, Madrid, Turin and Toulouse

      © Yukai Ebisuno & Raffaella Mantegazza
      © Yukai Ebisuno & Raffaella Mantegazza

      Everybody is talking about the crisis, but how is it actually manifested? Have cities changed? Where do We-Traders come from and what unites them? And how can these and other questions be negotiated by the 2014 travelling exhibition? In October 2013, the We-Traders community worked on this at forums in Lisbon, Madrid, Turin and Toulouse. Here are a few pickings from our notes.

      City and Crisis

      “The problem isn’t a capitalist economy, but a capitalist society,” is the diagnosis of sociologist Claus Leggewie at the We-Traders Forum in Lisbon. Maria João Guardão and Maria Tengarrinha from O Espelho see a political and a media crisis. They launched their wall newspaper “the day that Angela Merkel came to Portugal.”

      In their city, our co-curators in Turin, Lisa Parola and Luisa Perlo, identify not just the financial plight, but an acute identity crisis. Together with the urban geographer Carlo Salone they are warning about a “disneyfication” of culture in the light of the inflationary festival culture that post-industrial Turin is using to try and reinvent itself. At the Madrid We-Traders Forum, Santiago Eraso, one of those responsible for the 2016 San Sebastian capital of culture, calls for “anti-monumental activities.”

      In Madrid, the crisis is directly experienced mainly by young people who cannot find work. Those who create their own jobs cannot find affordable spaces due to real estate speculation. “I can’t afford a proper office in Madrid. If I had more space, I could create new jobs,” reports our co-curator Javier Duero.

      What are We-Trades?

      It is certainly not about interpreting We-Trades one-dimensionally as a reaction to the crisis. “We are tired of the crisis being presented to us as an opportunity; it would be better if there were no crisis,” says Lisbon geographer Jorge da Silva Macaísta Malheiros on behalf of many We-Traders. If at all, it was a missed opportunity says Davide Ziveri from Turin’s Buenavista Social Housing. “I thought now everything will be different with the banks.”

      “Are We-Trades reformist projects or do they want a change in the system?” asks Joël Lecussan from Mix'Art Myrys, while his counterparts in Toulouse from Bois & Cie quite pragmatically trust in their doer qualities. “Notre réaction, c’est l’action!” Frauke Hehl from the Berlin workstation initiative advocates continuing to hold the city responsible so that temporary solutions do not become permanent ones.

      “We want work that we enjoy and that makes us better,” is how the Walkinn Coop describes its motivation to found a We-Trade. Non-hierarchic alliances and fluid identities play pivotal roles – “We don’t ask who we are, but with whom we can enter a relationship” (VIC) – and collective authorship – “The author of Campo de Cebada is Campo de Cebada.” We-Trades put meaning before profits. “AMAP gave me back my pride in being a farmer. Now, we are feeding people, not markets,” says Alain Gatti of Le Potager de Camille.

      A crisis is the saddle point that decides the fate of a city, according to urban planner Sonja Beeck at the We-Traders Forum in Madrid. We are certain that at this point, We-Trades decisively contribute to the success of a city.

      24 October 2013 by Rose Epple and Angelika Fitz

        We-Traders Forum Toulouse

        © Angelika Fitz
        © Angelika Fitz
        Nils Simon of Initiative Möckernkiez and Rolf Novy-Huy of the trias Foundation attending the We-Traders Forum in Toulouse
        Nils Simon of Initiative Möckernkiez and Rolf Novy-Huy of the trias Foundation attending the We-Traders Forum in Toulouse.
        Copyright photo: Angelika Fitz
        17 October 2013 by Admin