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Little Wood: A temporary garden in Berlin

I came across Little Wood through one of the blogs I follow, Berlin Tidbits, and was quite bowled over by this cool project. Little Wood is a temporary urban garden on Invalidenstrasse/Ackerstrasse in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district. The makers of Little Wood, Contemporary Food Lab, describe their project as a “urban eco-system, a holistic experiment to discover and explore the sensuality of urban ecology”. Continue reading

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Megatrend Neo Ecology: Social & community agriculture in and around Berlin

Eco-social agriculture was a major topic at the Next Organic 2014 trade show. As part of the Neo Ecology megatrend this type of community farming is booming at the moment. It is especially popular with city dwellers: you receive fresh organic food that is locally (i.e. sustainably) grown and you can also choose to get involved in the planting/harvesting process, reconnecting with nature etc., all without having to move to the countryside. In Berlin and Brandenburg (the county that surrounds Berlin) there are several interesting social farming enterprises. Continue reading

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Travels in Zürich (2/2): Urban development and creative projects

Urban development and city planning is a fascinating topic, in particular the temporary use of industrial wasteland and empty urban spaces. Berlin is a good place to be if you like this sort of thing – there are plenty of creatives/communities/artists/galleries based in abandoned houses, old factories or other unusual places. And Berlin still has  a surprising number of urban spaces left although over the last years, many areas have been redeveloped or are currently under construction.

In Zürich the case is quite similar. Although this is a city of tremendously high property prices, especially in the city centre, there are little pockets of creative communities that use whatever urban spaces are currently unoccupied. Like Basislager, an art collective based in containers, or the non-commercial communal area of Stadionbrache Hardturm, both of which are located in the Zürich suburb of Altstetten. Continue reading

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