Coltivando – Abstract


Politecnico di Milano, Italy 2011 – ongoing Davide Fassi, Giulia Simeone Coltivando, is a convivial garden where people meet, experiment, cultivate crops, and share their skills and ideas. Coltivando uses innovative design knowledge and community consultation processes. It is a design research, social and educational project. Conviviality conveys a sense of sociality and sharing knowledge. Such a concept is extended to the overall project through the multi-disciplinary approach where designers from different backgrounds worked together to build a coherent system. In this project, conviviality is also encountered in the participatory approach of the co-design sessions that invited the community to share their ideas about the up-coming garden; in the location of the garden that blurs the borders of the campus and opens its gates to the neighborhood, welcoming people outside the university; in the system, that hosts shared plots where every member of the community can take care; in the community, that always welcome new members without any specific enrolment procedure; in the layout of the space where the absence of any fence in invites people to enjoy and respect the place. As a collaborative service, Coltivando is designed to be a garden where the plots, as well as all the spaces, are shared within the community. Every member has his/her own duty to take care of everything with some members chosen among the others to coordinate some specific tasks, such as seed planning, watering plants, care of garden tools, when and how to harvest, and communication. Problems, decisions and assignments are shared with the whole of the community. (Polimi Desis Lab) Contact

Izindaba Zokudla – Abstract

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(Conversations About Food): Innovation in the Soweto Food System University of Johannesburg – FADA , South Africa 2013 – ongoing Angus D Campbell, Dr. NaudĂ© Malan The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is implementing an urban agriculture policy as part of a larger food security initiative (CoJ, 2014). This policy creates opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement, and Izindaba Zokudla is aimed at creating space for such engagement between urban farmers, stakeholders and the city. Izindaba Zokudla advocates and argues for specific approaches to urban agricultural development in Johannesburg. It draws on participatory research to build the capacity of farmers’ organisations in Johannesburg, to facilitate engagement with food enterprises in the city, and to use design and technology development as a means to improve agricultural practices. (Design Society Development DESIS Lab)