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Princess Gardens

Berlin, Germany
1 of 17© Marco Clausen

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, activists and neighbors, the group cleared away rubbish, built transportable organic vegetable plots and reaped the first fruits of their labour.

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. The concept of the Princess Gardens lead towards the idea of the 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 place where a new style of urban living can emerge, where people can work together, relax, communicate and enjoy locally produced vegetables.

The Princess Gradens finction as a new urban place of learning, 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. Locally grown organic vegetables are grown in raised compost beds without using any pesticides or artificial fertilisers. The Nomadic green temporarily transform unused spaces such as building sites, car parks and roofs into urban farmland and green meeting places.

Prinzessinenstrasse 35-38