Gallery: Saint-Étienne Residents Transform Wasteland Into Public Square...

 
In July of 2011 residents of the Chateaucreux neighborhood in Saint-Étienne, France banded together to turn a wasteland lot into a public square complete with a garden, public works of art, and furniture. The project was started by the Strasbourg-based group Collectif Etc, who won a competition earlier in the year to help transform the space. The group came up with the master plan then went around the neighborhood to tell the residents what they were doing and enlist their support and help. What resulted was the Place au Changement, a transformative space that has brought the community closer and given them a great space to use and enjoy.

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