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This text is a manifest: for the recognition of what was destroyed with the so-called Jungle of Calais; so that its surge of vitality and joy can be reborn somewhere else; so that the “36,001st French municipality” lives on, the mu- nicipality of hospitality. This appeal was written by Sébast- ien Thiéry for PEROU, or Pôle d’Exploration des Ressources Urbaines (Center for the Ex- ploration of Urban Resources), which he coordinates. PEROU is one of the instigators (with agrafmobile) of Réiventer Cal- ais, “the Other news magazine of the city of Calais”, a fake issue of Calais Mag published in April 2016, with 4,000 cop- ies distributed in the streets of Calais… the consequence of which was a legal procedure by the city against PEROU for plagiarism.


Association law 1901 founded in September 2012, PEROU is a re- search-action laboratory on the hostile city designed to articulate social and architectural action in response to the surrounding dan- ger, and renew knowledge and know-how on the issue. Referring to the fundamental European rights of the person and the “right to the city” that results from it, PERU is a tool at the service of the multitude of undesirables, commonly counted as social or even ethnic cases, but never considered as inhabitants in their own right.

Courtesy: The artist