Metropolitan Trails is a program created by Wildproject, a publishing house specialized in environmental and urban studies.
From Japanese poet Bashô to American writer Thoreau, connections have frequently been drawn between walking and writing. Emerson said of Thoreau that “the length of his walk uniformly made the length of his writing." Thoreau himself described walking as a “noble art.”
For us, walking is writing.
Every MetropolitanTrail goes with publications.
In partnership with Wildproject Editions, every MetropolitanTrail can become book of its own kind. Like a handguide book, as the"Topoguide du GR2013" by Le cercle des Marcheurs (15 000 copies sold). Like an artist's book, as "Paysages usagés" by Geoffroy Mathieu et Bertrand Stofleth, or as "Comment se perdre sur un GR" by the Agence Touriste. Like a travelogue, as "
La Révolution de Paris" by Paul-Hervé Lavessière. Like the issue of an online journal, as "Broadway Transect:
A New Broadway Guide, ed. Menoret-Lanaspeze.
"The creation of hiking trails constitues a work of the mind."
Court of Appeal, France, 1998