11-Communal gardens

Gemeinschaftsgärten

Considerating that the identity of a city can`t be planned from outside (and top-down) and that it`s not only characterized by it`s architecture, the practice of urban cultivation has become a part of the struggle of social-political movements in Barcelona. Free spaces are squated to denounce the speculative practice and at the same time fort he people to create communal andself-managed places.

This concrete interaction between persons and the space follows the tradition of this city and illustrates the possibility of action and restructuring advanteged by incertain spaces in a more and more controlled urban environment. To start with a communal urban garden project or an communal agricultural area means to recover the knowledge about the origin of our food, against transgenetics and it means to change the everyday-life from consumer into productive.

It`s about learning and sharing places, knowledge and crops with friends, neighbours and interested people from everywhere, every gender and age, because it`s not a topic reserved for just one group of people. Focusing the food territorially they create an interzone of the ecologic and the social. In a lot of the cases it is still an experiment in which people put into first contact the rural and urban difficulties.

Below the asphalt you won`t find neither land which is easy to cultivate nor which you would call ecologic. But it is really important for the users to plant in this way to get to the pleasure to eat a better quality than that you can buy. That´s how the users include one of the most basic needs, taking advantage of its values around sustainability and the autonomy to create cultural places of another way of living.

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