Urban community gardens project in Thessaloniki helps 30 families to grow organic fruits and vegetables
It is manage by the residents under also the Municipality stewardship
- July 30, 2018 21:00
- Monika Dimitrova
The Kipos3 urban community gardens project is an excellent example of innovation, created by landscape architect and agronomist on a 600-sq.m. plot donated by the municipality so that 30 families can grow their own organic fruit and vegetables. In so-called “bottom-up” processes of small scale, they gain energy and power by a fast and none formalized implementation. It’s also a new type of park, a place to meet, to have a coffee, to chat with your neighbor. It is a space that redefines the values of city living.
The project presents a proposal for a huge inner city area as generator for a socio-economic transformation towards a green economy based on social community spirit, considering in particular the crisis situation in Greece. The approach which combines the idea of integrating both top-down and bottom-up forces, attempts an integration of permanent and temporarily elements, and by this, the master plan searches qualities as an innovative planning tool. After a phase of intensive dissemination and evaluation on international level with encouraging attentiveness and recognition, a strategy for a realization in steps was created by KIPOS3, a start-up initiative organized by a group of master students to bring in the city of Thessaloniki the concept a common garden manageable by the residents under also the Municipality stewardship.