Foodscape Schilderswijk (the Hague) ~3.5 ha
(At various locations in the Hague’s Schilderswijk)
In close collaboration with the art and architecture centre Stroom Den Haag, URBANIAHOEVE is developing Foodscape Schilderswijk, a continuous productive landscape of public space multi-layered polyculture (orchards, berries, perennial flowers, herbs e.a.) installed and maintained by numerous and varied local groups within the Hague municipality. It is a classic case of critical spatial practice for the sort of urban agriculture that URBANIAHOEVE promotes, namely collectively installed edible landscapes that in time form an ecological framework in the city. The harvest from these locations (fruit, berries/soft fruit, artichokes, rhubarb, perennial herbs, and flowers) is public and free for the picking. The more abstract harvest of this project i.e.: public space programming, increased social cohesion and community solidarity, and a radical and steady increase in biodiversity and conviviality, is also free for the community to enjoy. In Spring 2013 Foodscape Schilderswijk will begin working on the Neighbourhood Nursery and Green Classroom in a formerly unused public space enclosure adjacent to the Teniers Plantsoen. The project, aimed at growing and growing FOR the neighbourhood in the largest sense of the term, itself, is generously supported by the municipality and recent project partner New Babylon.
DemoGarden ~ 1500 m2
(Berberisstraat 16, Amsterdam North)
In the backyard of artist studio building the IJsbrand, URBANIAHOEVE launched the DemoGarden in Spring 2012 to create examples not only of its green and social urban agriculture typologies, but as well of its areas of research. These include growing foodscapes into the national ecological framework, phyto-remediation (cleaning soils of contaminants with plants and mycelia), urban soil regeneration, closed-cycle use of (organic) material, green surfacing, carbon and water sequestration, espalier hedges, façades and barriers, and terra-forming (Hügel-kultuur). While the core team participates in information-rich work during weekly work days (Tuesdays), neighbours are lured by the collective kitchen garden and local (private) park space with outdoor oven. The 1500 m2 garden is next to a large urban park making the ambition of a contiguous ecological framework a reality.
The garden is open on Tuesdays for visitors.
Foodscape Wildeman ~ 1 ha
(Notweg 32, Amsterdam Nieuw West)
In collaboration with the Beach, Amsterdams Steunpunt Wonen, the Lucas Community and many local residents, in spring 2013 URBANIAHOEVE broke ground on Foodscape Wildeman, an edible landscape planted in Amsterdam New West. Foodscape Wildeman is situated between the centuries old agricultural zone of Old Osdorp, and the mature urban parks surrounding the Sloterplas. Within the monocultural greenspaces of the garden city, only a stone’s throw away, Foodscape Wildeman comprises 3 + sites with total area of ~ 1 ha. A collaboratively designed communal kitchen garden, orchard and plucking garden at the former Lucas School terrain are the foodscape’s first components.
Foodscape Wildeman also hosts the DIY Mmmmuseum of Oven Typologies (DIYMOT), open access cooking facilities and playground ovens in the public space, where the community (also children) can play and cook. DIYMOT sites offer cooking facilities that in terms of scale or approach are not well-suited to the domestic kitchen (e.g. the outdoor pit and tangia ovens at the Buurttuin Lucas, and the bread oven at Hotel Buiten). The DIYMOT allows for an expansion of current notions of play in anticipation of a marked increase in agrarian culture and activities.
The core team of Foodscape Wildeman welcomes visitors on Thursdays.
Sphinx Park (Maastricht)
On a former industrial site of the Maastricht ceramic industry, the Sphinx Park is currently used as a wilded parkland by cultural initiatives Marres (Centre for Contemporary Culture) and the NAi Maastricht’s Buro Europa. Commissioned by Buro Europa, URBANIAHOEVE is producing a landscape intervention and educational programme for local high school students from the United World College Maastricht between November 2012 – July 2013. The landscape intervention and related educational program consist of producing healthy soil on site with techniques such as vermicultuur, Hügelkultuur and the widespread use of green manure groundcovers.
(Temporary site, scheduled for demolition/transformation into a parking lot.)
New Babylon edible roof garden ~ 22 m2
(Restaurant Piazza, New Babylon, the Hague Central Station)
A commission from New Babylon, URBANIAHOEVE completed the Hague’s first corporate restaurant kitchen garden in July of 2013 for Restaurant Piazza in the towers of New Babylon.
The garden is used primarily by Piazza’s kitchen team but neighbours living in the surrounding towers are welcome to harvest the many herbs, flowers and leafy greens as well.