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Mirasol’s organic communitarian garden

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Authors: Cíclica [space·community·ecology]

Cíclica team: Joaquim Arcas (coordinator), Marina Casals (until 2015), Elena Albareda, Adrià Martín

Collaborators: Marina Barroso - Empremta (dynamization), CODA (greenhouse design and construction), Guillem de Pablo (agricultural engineer)

Developer: Ajuntament de Sant Cugat del Vallès

Extension: 3600m2

Year: 2014 - 2016

Photography: Cíclica i Andrés Flajszer

Mirasol's garden website

The organic communitarian Mirasol’s garden, situated in the neighborhood of Mira-sol, is promoted by the Consell de barri de Mirasol and the neighborhood associations. It is developed to address the objectives of generating community and incorporating sustainability criteria in a low density residential area. Understood as a local facility, this orchard is also proposed as strategy to create a cultural and educational centrality for all neighborhood groups.

The objectives achieved with this proposal are:

Productive function: providing a space for agro-ecological food production for all groups of people. The garden offers the possibility of producing high quality organic fresh food and to discover or rediscover the productive capacity of ourselves.

Social function: generating areas of cohesion and coexistence that allow socialization and leisure through intergenerational activities. Thanks to its status as a shared working environment and self-managed space, the garden works as an informal meeting place where new interpersonal contacts can begin, reinforcing the social network within the neighborhood. Also, learning new possibilities of obtaining foods may favorably influence the transmission of responsibility and autonomy values for groups such as children, teenagers, elderly and people with disabilities.

Educative function: training in horticultural techniques and procedures according to the principles of organic farming. The garden, designed as a space of learning and knowledge sharing, becomes a formal and informal education space about horticulture techniques and values related to ecology, healthy food and healthy life while raising awareness of urban sustainability.

In terms of space, the garden has 40 personal garden plots to cultivate individually or by groups, a communal garden area to share with all the community where courses and practices are held, a greenhouse, a picnic area, a changing room, a composting area and various storage spaces.

The gardeners are responsible to manage the space and to organize the community establishing themselves as a non-profit association that manages the orchard in terms of economy, space and community. And architects’ work don’t finish when all the facilities are build, they also support the community throughout the process of becoming full responsible of the space. The gardens are situated in a plot ceded by the City Council and they are a pilot project to develop other community-managed gardens in the city.

 

  • Hort durant la primavera - Andrés Flajszer
  • Hort i hivernacle durant la primavera - Andrés Flajszer
  • Hort i hivernacle durant la primavera - Andrés Flajszer
  • Umbracle - Andrés Flajszer
  • Hort i hivernacle - Andrés Flajszer
  • Comunitat d'hortolans
  • Abans/després
  • Construcció de l'hivernacle - Andrés Flajszer
  • Construcció de l'hivernacle - Andrés Flajszer
  • Hort i primeres plantacions

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