INVITED TO SHARE OUR ECO-DESIGN IDEA IN THE 9TH WORKING GROUP MEETING AND 8TH FINAL CONFERENCE OF URBAN ALLOTMENT GARDENS IN EUROPEAN CITIES COST ACTION TU1201, SEPTEMBER 2016
Location: University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Basel
Dates: September 8-10, 2016
Host: Institute for Social Planning, Organisational Change and Urban DevelopmentSchool of Social Work
Research network: COST Action TU1201 Network
The conference aims to explore the dynamics of existing and emerging forms of urban gardening in Europe and beyond. This is timely in the wake of the contemporary and projected social, economic and environmental changes and challenges faced by cities. Urban gardens, particularly traditional allotments, have been part of the city; however, with the emergence of community and modern pop-up to rooftop gardens, they are becoming permanent and prominent part of the urban and suburban landscape: http://www.urbanallotments.eu/final-conference/introduction/conference-theme.html
The phenomenon of shrinkage in European post-industrialised cities has generated many derelict urban voids. This study reflects on the implementation of agile landscape strategies applied in mobile and temporary community gardens. Portable community gardens are dynamic landscape systems, which represents an expression of evolutionary ‘urban naturalism’. They are self-organisms led by bottom-up initiatives and ludic activation by remaking. They offer great opportunities to retrofit and transform our built environment by repurposing disused urban voids, from brown to green.
STUDIO POP will contribute with a research titled “TOWARDS PORTABLE COMMUNITY GARDENS IN BROWNFIELDS” and the analysis of radical environmental, ecological and technological landscape solutions by testing recovery strategies of evolutionary micro-landscape architecture in brownfields such as MOBILELAND© gardens and similar pioneering landscape solutions that activate abandoned sites.