One of the wonders of Berlin are the numerous urban gardens, public participatory parks, guerrilla gardens and other green spaces. The Berliners simply love the fact they live in one of the world’s greenest cities. They are willing to protect and expand these green spaces and are very much open to new ways of making the city even more environmentally friendly.
The desire to preserve and expand green oases, coupled with the eagerness to follow sustainable and alternative paths, is turning the former industrial city of Berlin more and more into a green metropolis. Renowned examples are projects such as the neighbourhood-run Prinzessinnengarten in Kreuzberg and the community gardens at the former airport Tempelhof, which was turned into a Berlin’s largest public park in 2010.
The latest addition to this movement is Little Wood, a temporary garden in the centre of Berlin that wants to break up our idea of city and nature as separate perceived systems and help to integrate nature into the urban fabric. Initiators Contemporary Food Lab, GRAFT Architects and Humboldt University state: ‘Berlin is in a time of dynamic transformation.
Empty lots are disappearing, buildings are being converted and remodeled. How can society be more involved in urban development? Little Wood provides space to answer such questions and is a experiment in the exploration of urban nature’.’
Little Wood is open until August 31 and offers a varied program including workshops, picnics, lectures, film screenings, dinner clubs and concerts.
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