The m3, a cultural, social and economic third place

France Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Short presentation

The m3 [cubic meter] is a place that has gradually seen the addition of a business hotel dedicated to the cultural economy, a house of services to the public and a media library. It is a place of interaction between economic and cultural actors, intermunicipal agents and a wide variety of audiences.
The project aims to connect these entities through activities that promote the synergy of entrepreneurial, associative and civic initiatives and by stimulating social ties and access to culture.


Manage a third place in rural areas, mixing a multiplicity of actors and services, generating new activities and involving the inhabitants widely.

Contexte (territory issues, targeted audience)

Gathered on the same site, the House of Book Trades, the MSAP and the Media Library bring together a large number of actors and varied audiences… only one instance of animation is needed to make it a real dynamic and open third place.

Actions implemented

Since the beginning of the process of reconversion of the old gendarmerie of Forcalquier in 2010, professionals of the book sectors (graphic designers, illustrators, editors…), actors of the social and solidarity economy and agents of the community of communes (librarians , multimedia animator and MSAP advisers) have gradually taken over the m3 site. They work there and mix with each other, sharing certain common spaces (meeting rooms, exhibition hall, cafeteria, shared workshop, etc.) and are eager to be able to cooperate on innovative projects by opening themselves up to all audiences:
• Reinforce a pole of knowledge and culture open to all (open workshops, a FabLab dedicated to micro-publishing, etc.);
• Facilitate a network of entrepreneurs by organizing times for meetings and exchanges promoting cooperation;
• Welcome and support new activity creators by facilitating their integration into the local ecosystem.
The coordination of the m3 will be ensured by a full-time animator, who will be responsible for welcoming and informing the public, the programming of events and events, internal and external communication, the establishment and management of collaborative tools, etc.

The project will be carried out and implemented by the Rézo4 association, domiciled at the Maison des métiers du livre where it manages and animates a coworking platform currently hosting 18 professionals working in the field of SSE and animates a real network of entrepreneurs interested in new forms of entrepreneurship and management.
The association will be closely supported by the Pays de Forcalquier-Montagne de Lure community of municipalities (premises manager) as administrator of the services of the MSAP and the Media Library. Its agents in charge of leading the Haute-Provence-Luberon Local Action Group for the management of the European Leader program will also be of effective support for the implementation of projects and the search for funding.
Global cost (in Euros) : 60 000 €

Human resources and partners

Project under development and fundraising.
Expected duration: 4 years

Other information

Project's start year : 2020


Association Rézo4 (Non profit organization )
Maison des Métiers du Livre 4, Avenue de l’Observatoire