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Urban agriculture on Moritzplatz in Berlin


Prinzessinnengärten (Princess gardens)

Nomadisch Grün (Nomadic Green) launched Prinzessinnengärten (Princess gardens) as a pilot project in the summer of 2009 at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg, a site which had been a wasteland for over half a century. Along with friends, fans, activists and neighbours, the group cleared away rubbish, built transportable organic vegetable plots and reaped the first fruits of their labour.

Imagine a future where every available space in big cities is used to let new green spaces bloom. Green spaces that local residents create themselves and use to produce fresh and healthy food. The result would be increased biological diversity, less CO2 and a better microclimate. The spaces would promote a sense of community and the exchange of a wide variety of competencies and forms of knowledge, and would help people lead more sustainable lives. They would be a kind of miniature utopia, a place where a new style of urban living can emerge, where people can work together, relax, communicate and enjoy locally produced vegetables.

In future ever more people will be living in cities rather than in rural areas. The city will therefore become the decisive place for the development of more sustainable ways of eating, living and moving. The city of the future should be a climate-friendly, pleasant place to live, where every care is taken to conserve our natural resources.

Prinzessinnengärten is a new urban place of learning. It is where locals can come together to experiment and discover more about organic food production, biodiversity and climate protection. The space will help them adapt to climate change and learn about healthy eating, sustainable living and a future-oriented urban lifestyle.

With this project Nomadisch Grün intends to increase biological, social and cultural diversity in the neighbourhood and pioneer a new way of living together in the city.

Urban agriculture on Moritzplatz

– The story so far –

For half a century Moritzplatz hid in the shadows of the Berlin Wall.
This almost forgotten corner, once zoned as a motorway junction, is
now experiencing a new lease of life.
First it was just a vision: Sitting in the middle of our field at sunset,
the wind rustling through the poplars, the air scented by ripe
tomatoes and fresh herbs, chatting with our friends and neighbours,
having a good time – right in the middle of the city !
This was the picture Robert brought home to Berlin after a trip to
Cuba. In Havana and other cities, agricultura urbana is not just
about producing one’s own vegetables but more about creating an
urban living-, working- and meetingplace. This is where neighbours
would gather and adults would pass on their knowledge to children
as they relax over a cup of coffee.
“Let’s do it in Berlin!”, with this rallying call and the help of children,
youth, neighbours and friends we are transforming Moritzplatz into
an urban garden, café and place of working, learning and relaxing.

See their website here.

1 comment

1 kabang { 05.15.10 at 8:17 am }

looks like a neat approch if the containers were addopted just before recycling, but if the (appears like blow molded plastic) boxes were purchased, then this is an unsustainable configuration and probably won’t last long with uv and freeze/thaw stresses.