Urban trails are metamorphosing cities by connecting their territories, shedding a new light on them and encouraging the emergence of a user-friendly practice.
This month, Bruit du Frigo, a collective from Bordeaux, will develop an artistic, participative and contextual project around the design of an urban and suburban trail in Hyderabad. This trail aims at inviting the walker, the resident and the visitor to discover the city and inspiring decision makers to support walking.

HYDERABAD URBAN TRAIL is a project that seeks to

  1. explore the practice of walks and rediscover the place of pedestrian in Hyderabad.
  2. retell the story of Hyderabad through the prism of a trail crossing and connecting different parts of the city- central and peripheral, emblematic and ordinary, inhabited and abandoned –  creating a contemporary narrative;
  3. design a precursor to a future urban trail that would join the international network – Metropolitan Trails, as a physical and symbolic link across the city.

Whether you are an urban explorer or a hiker, experienced or amateur, or just curious, join us for a 4-day (17, 18, 20, 21 Nov) collective exploratory walk through the metropolis of Hyderabad.
The walks will be preceded by a Workshop: Preparation(15 Nov 2pm-5pm) and followed by another Workshop: Reflection (23 Nov 2pm-5pm).

This is a project of French Embassy in India / Ambassade de France en Inde , French Institute in India , Alliance Française of Hyderabad , Bordeaux Métropole , Bruit du Frigo , Govt. of Telangana in partnership with Decathlon Sports India and Safran in collaboration with Architecture and Design Foundation India , DesignAware , Hyderabad Runners Society , Hyderabad Trails , Hyderabad Urban Lab , INTACH Hyderabad , Our Sacred Space , Sarojini Naidu School Arts & Communication, Society-to Save-Rocks and Saciwaters.


1)WORKSHOP – PREPARATION: Monday 15th, 2pm-5pm at Alliance Française of Hyderabad
– A launch meeting to welcome the partners and present the program of the walks
– A discussion with representatives of the international network – Metropolitan Trails – to discover trails all around the world.
2)WALKS: Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st
– A 4-day collective exploratory walk through the metropolis of Hyderabad.
– Cultural projects around issues of territory planning and ecology.
3)WORKSHOP – REFLECTION: Tuesday 23rd, 2pm-5pm @ Alliance Française of Hyderabad.
– A mapping workshop to design the urban trail
– A discussion on the conclusions drawn from these experiences and future plan of action
4)EXHIBITION: Friday 26th, 6:30pm at Alliance Française of Hyderabad
– A public restitution of the experience in the form of an exhibition.
– Presentation of the content produced during the expedition: maps, photographs, texts, drawings, objects, etc.

The event is open to all, but keeping the restrictions in mind, it will have limited seats allocated on prior registration only on first-come-first-served basis.

Register at https://forms.gle/bgnQYmQg78DeNoUx9

Direct your queries to 917416833955 or [email protected]


Founded in 1997, Bruit du Frigo is an urban creation studio which develops artistic, participative and contextual projects on public space. At the crossroads of art, territory and population, their approach aims to promote the transition to sustainable, shared and welcoming cities, by proposing alternative ways of imagining and building our living environment and by exploring new forms of public space.
Bruit du Frigo is a founding member of the international network – Metropolitan Trails, which brings together the trails of Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Avignon, Milan, London, Cologne, Athens, Tunis, Istanbul and Boston. This network was created in 2017 in Marseille.



Yvan Detraz is an architect who graduated from the National School of Architecture and Landscape in Bordeaux in 2000. He is the co-founder and director of the <<Bruit du Frigo>> collective, created in 1997 during his studies. Through Bruit du Frigo, he has been carrying out artistic and participatory projects in public spaces, combining urban installations and scenographies, micro-architecture, collective actions and cultural events for over 20 years. He is the creator of the Metropolitan Path of Common Lands around Bordeaux and the Peri-Urban Refuges project, 11 architectural works that mark out this path and offer hikers unusual overnight stays. This exploratory work on the reappropriation of the urban peripheries through walking is theorized in his book ‘Zone sweet zone, la marche comme projet urbain (walking as an urban project)’, published in 2020 by Wildproject.


Born in Brussels, Arnaud Bilande studied comics and graphic arts at the School of Graphic Research (Brussels). Soon, the drawing board seemed too restrictive and it was the notebook that became his constant companion while walking the streets of Brussels and elsewhere (Johannesburg, Dar-El-Salam, Montreal, Valparaiso …). Along with his artistic work, he participates in multiple projects with the Periferia association as a facilitator, in particular for the Capacitation Citoyenne network. Today, @arnaudbilande is developing a multiple practice at the intersection of illustration, travel diary, drawn reportage and visual facilitation by collaborating with various collectives and structures in Belgium and France, and using drawing as a medium to think about urban issues.
• Site: http://arnaudbilande.blogspot.com/


Hocine Aliouane-Shaw is an architect and urban designer who holds a PhD in City Planning. He is an associate professor at ENSAPbx where he teaches urban and architectural design, at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. He is part of PASSAGES , a research unit of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). His fields of research deal with design theory and methods with a focus on collaborative design processes that involve local communities in the transformation of the built environment.
His main areas of expertise are architecture and urban design, spatial design methods, complexity theories of cities, community planning, community based design and built projects.


The first project of Hyderabad Urban Trail culminates with:
🏙️ 4 urban trails
🏃 50 participants
🥾 52km covered on foot
⏱️ 28 hours

A fitting end to this extraordinary experience is an Exhibition of Arnaud Bilande’s sketches, photos, maps and memorabilia of the walks.

Date: 26.11.21
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Alliance Française of Hyderabad Auditorium

Come and bring your loved ones too to witness the representation of a hitherto unheard of Trail project in Hyderabad which aspires to join the global circuit of Metropolitan Trails. Come, be part of history.