One of the main differences between the suburbs and the cities is that suburbs are grown for individual use while cities are grown for collectivities, and that’s why suburbs lack somehow the social interaction, which i wanted to improve.
On the other hand farming is becoming a massive production business and particular and small owners are losing benefits, so to help local activity also as an alternative to tourism and renting market, it was proposed a all-year-round activity, one that connected people and transformed the suburbs into a place closer to the idea of a “real city” (one citizen assured that Wenduine was “not a real city”). There will be more jobs, better chances for the youth, less commuting and, definitely a more sustainable model: a self-sufficient village.
The common strategy used for the group work, which was changing the tram line to the Ringlaan and trying to connect better both ‘halfs’ of Wenduine, is the foundation for my proposal. I take the advantage of the tram varying the car transit to make it more transitable for pedestrians. So, for example in the area chosen for the intervention, I studied the visual signs and spaces (2) and finally, in the empty lots (or pieces of lots between houses) I placed the urban gardens, for a local use, self-consumption and to be sold the products in the market area (on the left side of the image 3). Then, in the poulders, the farmers that would be interested in selling their products in the market area of the village, will have to lend part of their lands for public production so that there would also be a social exchange between the inhabitants and the farmers (see image 1). And in the centre of this network, we have the market area and urban park, with some greenery that connects it with the whole intervention along the avenue. Here is where people will be able to sell and buy vegetables, fruits…where they can get some horticultural knowledge in the educational garden provided in the centre and produce compost from the kitchen disposals in the recycling area (image 3)
1. evolution of garden networks within time
2. visual map of the area
3. area of intervention: market area and urban park on the left side
Within time inhabitants will test the benefits of producing together while many visitors come to Wenduine and the surroundings to enjoy the suburban lifestyle and gardening.
In any case over-production is not possible because everything is up to a very local consumption, but if more networks of gardens or markets are needed, they can be achieved by social agreement.