Productive Urban Landscapes

Research and practice around the CPUL design concept

One of the projects presented was the first of Gotham Green's hydroponic farm in New York, USA. (source: André Viljoen 2011)

Katrin lectured in Germany on Productive Urban Landscapes

This Wednesday, Katrin gave an (online) lecture to Masters’ students of the Urban Management programme at Technische Universität (TU) of Berlin and of the Urban Planning programme at Technische Universität Cottbus. She spoke about urban agriculture linking it to the Productive Urban Landscape discourse on the one (mainly spatial) side and to the Circular City…

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One of Markthalle Neun's entrances (on Eisenbahnstraße 42/43) during Covid-19 (source: Markthalle 9Neun www 2020)

INVITE: Markthalle Neun Berlin: We are open! For everything.

Adapted in its organisation to Berlin’s re-tightened Covid-19 regulations, Markthalle Neun invites to an Open Sunday this coming Sunday 20th December from 1 to 7 pm. Markthalle Neun is one of the few remaining original 19th-century market halls in the German capital having reopened in 2011 after many years of local campaigning and negotiating its…

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'An estimate of the global food system’s transgression of planetary boundaries. Here, the safe operating space (green) provides an estimate of the food-related share of the planetary boundaries [...] The zone of uncertainty (yellow) defines dangerous risk, whereas high-risk (red) indicates where production has exceeded the assessed uncertainty range in science [...] E/MSY, extinctions per million species-years; BII, Biodiversity Intactness Index; P, phosphorus; N, nitrogen [...] image credit: PIK, 2019.' (source: Rockström et al. 2020]

In 2030, Berlin feeds itself in a climate and socially just way!

Katrin Bohn took part in the action conference organised by Berlin’s Food Policy Council which happened online from the 19th to the 21st of November 2020. Under the motto ‘2030 ernährt sich Berlin klima- und sozial gerecht! [In 2030, Berlin feeds itself in a climate and socially just way!]’, the conference brought together stakeholders from…

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Because of the Covid-19-related impossibility to hold open elections, the election of the new board of representatives for Ernährungsrat Berlin had to be postponed. (source: Ernährungsrat Berlin 2020)

LebensMittelPunkte among topics of the plenary assembly of Ernährungsrat Berlin

More than 50 people participated in the plenary assembly of the Ernährungsrat Berlin [Berlin Food Policy Council] which was held online on the 28th of October 2020. Whilst the planned election of the new board of representatives could not happen within this online format, there were many points to discuss. Most importantly, the imminent action…

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18 Berlin community gardens were part of the winning project. (source: Monika Egerer 2020)

Spiel/Feld Marzahn is part of project to win UN Biodiversity Award

Last week, the Wild Pollinators Project received an Award for Biological Diversity in the UN Decade contest by the German Offices of the United Nations’ Decade on Biodiversity. Spiel/Feld Marzahn has been one of the partners in the project led by the National History Museum Berlin [Museum für Naturkunde Berlin] and the Technical University of…

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Parzelle X specialises in landscape architecture and nature pedagogy. (source: Parzelle X 2020)

Berlin Senate competitive tender for community garden strategy

We are pleased to have heard today that a team led by landscape architecture practice Parzelle X and comprising Katrin Bohn as consultant was selected into the last round of a competitive tender by the Senate of Berlin. If successful, the team will be working for the next one and a half years with local…

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A dedicated website follows the project process and informs about its results. (source: Kantine Zukunft www 2020)

INVITE: Kantine Zukunft Berlin presents its work

This coming Wednesday 26th August 2020, at 12 noon, there will be a public press conference to present Kantine Zukunft [Future Canteen], the flagship project of Berlin’s Senatsverwaltung für Justiz, Verbraucherschutz und Antidiskriminierung [Senate Department for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination]. The event will happen at Kantine Zukunft’s new work space at Markthalle 9 [Market…

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Extract of a digitalised visualisation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata und Fuge in D-Moll (BWV 565), video still (source: Wolf Siegert, DaybyDay, 2020)

Digitalisation: What comes next?

Katrin Bohn was interviewed as part of the ongoing project Was kommt nach der Digitalisierung? [Digitalisation: What comes next?] which was set up by German philosopher and digital media expert Dr. Wolf Siegert who is still coordinating it. The results of Siegert’s 2019 Berlin interviews have now been made available on his blog DaybyDay. Since…

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The online platform invites dialogue on and around Berlin's 212 community gardens. (source: Bundespreis Stadtgrün www 2020)

Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün shortlisted for National Prize!

Congratulations! Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün [Platform Productive Urban Green], a project completed by the AG Stadt & Ernährung in cooperation with local stakeholders and the Senate of Berlin has been nominated by a national jury for the Germany-wide Bundespreis Stadtgrün [Federal Urban Greenery Prize]. For more than one year, Beatrice Walthall and Katrin Bohn from the…

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The schoolgarden, a distinct part of Spiel/Feld, in April, with its new sun shading in place (source: Spiel/Feld www 2020)

Wild Pollinators Project starts at Spiel/Feld Marzahn.

Planned since several months, the Wild Pollinator Project (full title Bienen, Bestäubung und Bürgerwissenschaft in Berlins Gärten'[Bees, pollination and crowd science in the gardens of Berlin]) has just started in the neighbourhood garden Spiel/Feld to the Northeast of Berlin that Katrin had co-initiated in 2011. The project is a collaboration of Spiel/Feld with the National…

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A reference to the saison on the meeting invitation: rhubarb time in Germany (source: Ernährungsrat Berlin www 2020)

INVITE: Plenary assembly of the Food Policy Council Berlin on Monday 18th May

‘We need to be and stay active right now! Corona presents us all with great challenges, but at the same time, the opportunities are growing to do things differently in the future.’ Under this motto, the Food Policy Council Berlin [Ernährungsrat Berlin] is inviting to its bi-annual plenary assembly on Monday 18th May 2020 from…

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Extract of the flyer advertising the seed exchange at Allmende-Kontor (source: Allmende-Kontor 2020)

INVITE: Resistance with distance! Seed exchange and joint film this Friday

Urban gardeners in Germany embrace new opportunities to allow the gardening seasion to start during the current corona pandemic. Please feel free to join them this Friday 17th April 2020 for two events: At 7pm, the “joint film watching” of O´pflanzt is – 6 Jahre Gemeinschaftsgarten happens on Zoom using these entry details: Meeting-ID: 734…

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One of the four main pages of the new website Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün (source: SenUVK www 2020)

Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün goes live!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the full going-live of the interactive website Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün [Platform Productive Urban Green] ! Commissioned and hosted by the Senate of Berlin, Germany, it can be found here: https://www.berlin.de/gemeinschaftsgaertnern/ Please do use the website abundantly! It is open – and hopefully useful – to anybody, regardless…

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The Werkstatt of Haus der Statistik on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin (source: Haus der Statistik www 2020)

INVITE: Food and Logistic in the House of Statistic in Berlin

The association ZUsammenKUNFT Berlin eG invites to its 7th Thematic Evening on Thursday 12th March from 6 – 8pm in the Werkstatt Haus der Statistik, Karl-Marx-Allee 1 in Berlin. The 7th Thematic Evening is dedicated to the theme Food and Logistic in the House of Statistic. Background for the event is that the House of…

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Within the Playing/Field project, the Dorfplatz, a deck / bench / planting bed, was designed and built by TU Berlin students with help from resident-gardeners. (source: Tobias Birkefeld, Carlo Costabel, Peter Müller, Joshua Obliers 2014)

The Village Green at Playing/Field Marzahn is badly missed.

Yesterday, the first gardeners’ association meeting of the year happened at the community garden Spiel/Feld Marzahn [Playing/Field Marzahn] in Berlin, Germany. About 15 people came to discuss how best to prepare the new gardening season, what to plant, build and repair, how to engage with the neighbourhood and when to come together and celebrate. One…

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Artist Åsa Sonjasdotter enfolds Bonnie Fortune and Brett Bloom's Deep Map of Prinzessinnengarten during the 'communal ritual for the end and a new beginning' in December 2019. (source: Bohn&Viljoen 2019)

H A P P Y _ N E W _ Y E A R _ 2 0 2 0 !

For the new year and new decade, we wish you all the best! If you have time between the years – or as a new year resolution, we would like to recommend a recent radio program and a visit to one of our favourite 2019 locations: The Prinzessinnengarten in Berlin, on the 7th December, celebrated…

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Co-installing the Mathare Shamba in the Mathare neigbourhood in Nairobi became part of a practice-based Masters’ thesis at the course. (source: Katherine Cashman, Community Gardening in Mathare, Nairobi (Masters’ thesis) 2018)

Guest lecture to international Master’s course at the TU Berlin

Yesterday, Katrin Bohn gave a talk about food-productive urban landscapes and the CPUL City concept to Masters’ students at the Technical University (TU) of Berlin’s independent Masters’ in Urban Management. Apart from introducing key concepts of the international urban food design and planning debate, Katrin presented international architectural and urban design case studies. Lively discussions…

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After the actual live testing of the website, participants discussed its role in the development of Berlin's city-wide concept for community gardens and allotments. (source: Beatrice Walthall 2019)

Successful launch of the Platform Productive Urban Green for Berlin

About 40 people attended the (test)launch of Berlin’s new Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün [Platform Productive Urban Green] on Tuesday 26th November 2019 to which the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection [Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz] had invited. Ursula Renker welcomed the guests and highlighted in her speech the significance of the…

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Extract of the draft project flyer (source: AG Stadt & Ernährung 2019)

INVITE: Launch of the Platform Productive Urban Green in Berlin !

The big moment is close! The first section of the online platform “Productive Urban Green” will go (test)online during the final presentation of the project on Tuesday 26th November 2019, 5pm – 7pm, at Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz, Am Köllnischen Park 3, 10179 Berlin. This is a public, free event. However, we do…

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A pomologist at work during the Apple Fête 2018 identifying apple varieties that participants brought from their allotments and back gardens. (source: Michael Plögert 2018)

INVITE: Come to the Apple Fete this Saturday 19th October in Berlin !

You are invited to the “Apfelfest” on Saturday 19th October, from 1pm to 5pm at the Gartenarbeitsschule Borkzeile in Berlin-Spandau. Since 4 years, the LebensMittelPunkt Spandau [a word play on ‘food hub’] is supporting the Gartenarbeitsschule Spandau [garden work school, an environmental practice and education centre] in Berlin in its annual public Apple Fête. The…

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