An international group of urban planners and architects who won the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award created a project in a community garden in the São Mateus district of São Paulo.
A wooden stand was constructed with a total area of 15 m². It is covered with plastic foil ending in two gutter pipes on the sides where rain water is collected for irrigation of the plants.
Furthermore, they supplied a mobile kitchen equipped with a sink, a small oven and additional space for storing the produce.
The inauguration of the structure was celebrated with a Sunday lunch together with people from diverse areas.
These new structural elements allow for the organization to conduct gastronomical events in the gardens. The urban farmers share their knowledge and offer opportunities for visitors to get in touch with organic agriculture.
Besides, they benefit from a new possibility to sell their products. Three of CITIES WITHOUT HUNGER‘s 22 community gardens already have such structures to receive guests.
The initiative urbanXchangers is supported by the Deutsche Bank‘s Alfred Herrhausen Foundation. The foundation promotes knowledge exchange and cooperation between urban planners, local initiatives and actors from the global north and south. It also serves as an international platform for the development of new urban planning strategies. They investigate the possibilities and applications of transferring insights of urban space and social intelligence from one socio-cultural environment to another.
The initiative is active in São Paulo, Mexico City, Cape Town and New Delhi. The project started in September 2015 and results are going to be presented in Berlin in spring 2016.