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October 16, 2011


Cour Saint-Emilion

by soundlandscapes

IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR I produced a blog piece about the Cour Saint-Emilion in the 12th arrondissement. You can see it here.

Yesterday, on a beautiful autumnal day, I returned to this former ‘Entrepôt des Vins’, the wine warehouses in Bercy Village now transformed into restaurants and shops.

I walked along this 220 metre thoroughfare designed in 1990 by the French architects Valode and Pistre, with shops and restaurants on either side and the remains of the old railway line running along the pavé in centre.

The sounds of Cour Saint-Emilion:

New since I was here last are the traditional wooden games set up for everyone to play and a lot of people were taking advantage of them. As well as entertaining both children and adults alike, they added some distinctive sounds to the air.

Next to the Cour Saint-Emilion is the Parc de Bercy with its three connected gardens, The Romantic Garden, The Flowerbeds and The Meadows. This park is always worth a visit.

The Cour Saint-Emilion is an urban-renewal project retaining the 19th Century industrial architecture of the area and putting the former wine warehouses to good use. It’s a popular place and well worth a visit.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oct 16 2011

    Pictures like these immediately make you want to listen.

    • Oct 16 2011

      Thanks Vladimir. I hope the sounds help to put the pictures into context.

  2. Oct 17 2011

    Very comfortable place, I like sounds of a steps on stone roard.

  3. Oct 19 2011

    This is a nice companion piece to your original recording last year. this one sounds a bit more comfortable, being out in the open air without crying babies squeezed next to you! It’d be interesting to return to some of these spots over the years to listen to the changes in population density and in the uses of public space.

    • Oct 19 2011

      Thanks Jay. You make a really interesting point. It’s one of the reasons that I think that street recording is so important. Time lapse recordings of public spaces (especially over years) provide a valuable social history of a space – which makes it worth doing.


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