COOKIN’ GARDEN

COOKIN ́ GARDEN / [VIC] Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas / Spain, Madrid / Архитектурный объект / shortlist

COOKIN ́ GARDEN

Purpose: “food” is thought as an element that does social connection. The goal is to successfully enrich the intercultural characteristic of the neighbourhood of central Yaroslavl.

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«Еда» мыслится как элемент, создающий социальные связи. Цель – обогащение  межкультурных взаимоотношений в центральном районе Ярославля.

Мы предлагаем разработать «Городскую Кухню» для внешнего пространства города. Предполагается, что «Кухня» будет работать как местная достопримечательность и объединяющая людей платформа. Здесь будут представлены рецепты разных стран мира, например, каждое воскресенье летом здесь могут устраивать уроки кулинарии местные шеф-повары (разных национальностей). С одной стороны, этот проект сможет объединить  национальные сообщества Ярославля, а с другой стороны, он раскроет понятие кухни для широкой публики по-новому.

Concept of the project:  The proposal consists on an “urban kitchen developed for external spaces of the city”. This kitchen is expected to act as a landmark and as a common ground for people. Recipes coming from this intercultural community will be on it. In addition, cooking lessons of local chefs (diverse nationalities) are predicted to happen every Sunday of the summer months (June, July and August). On the one hand, these actions intend to estimate the community of Yaroslavl and on the other hand, it can open the kitchen to the general public.

This approach was chosen as useful for dealing with the intercultural task. The research verified that the kitchen was a very vibrant use in other location previously tested.

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Technical description: 1. Its structure can be disposed in any flat area. The structure of the display is carried out by concrete tubes of 50 cm diameter or circular steel structure full-filled with bricks, earth and plants. It is strong enough to carry a perpendicular wooden grid structure (linked with «L» shaped metal pieces) and as well the wood revetment. All information can be seen in the picture (). They are as well detailed in the plans.

2. It can be easily mounted with the DIY System. With the correct pieces shape any adult can build it. Another suggestion may be to do it with the help of DIY Store.

3. A wood waterproof may be done because of the fact that it will be disposed in one open space.

4. Regarding safety parameters, the kitchen does not have tools such as knives, forks and spoons, and it does not have any electronic device on it. Deserves attention, the fact that the «street kitchen» as a public space to share culture and recipes. It can be used as picnic area, or a place to meet people to sit and relax. During the workshops, the project staff is responsible to bring own tools and equipment to cook.

The estimated cost of the project: 2.900 $

 

1. VISION

This proposal addresses the intercultural and public space challenge which will take place in Yaroslavl, Russia, in the Yaroslavl Social Revolution 2013. To approach this theme, “food” is thought as an element that does social connection. The goal is to successfully enrich the intercultural characteristic of the neighbourhood of central Yaroslavl.

The proposal consists on an “urban kitchen developed for external spaces of the city”. This kitchen is expected to act as a landmark and as a common ground for people. Recipes coming from this intercultural community will be on it. In addition, cooking lessons of local chefs (diverse nationalities) are predicted to happen every Sunday of the summer months (June, July and August). On the one hand, these actions intend to estimate the community of Yaroslavl and on the other hand, it can open the kitchen to the general public. This approach was chosen as useful for dealing with the intercultural task. The research verified that the kitchen was a very vibrant use in other location previously tested.

Public space must be connected with social innovations that local communities are developing.

2. MISSION

The project aims to function as an urban catalyst. It seeks to spread knowledge about food, community and culture in the city of Yaroslavl. Furthermore, a kitchen (usual private space) is the street can stimulate inhabitants: sharing with them other possibilities of visualizing and enjoying the city space.

The workshop aims to outline questions, conflicts, lacks, potentials, previous experiences and debates around public space, integration and food. Questions such as:
-How can an increasingly urban society release its powers?

-What tools do you think you have to offer to the community and what others do you need?
-What aspects do you think would need to change in the public space in which we live?

-How can we act from the small in the urban setting?
-How unlearning internalized patterns individually and collectively? -What citizen initiatives to provide public space and the city?
-What is the way to facilitate the transfer of social innovation to public space?
-How can we reveal our deep knowledge about traditional and local recipes and share it with others?
-How minorities could be integrated in a funny way by sharing their own culture expressed by the food?
-How could we reinforce the local community by creation of local and permanent dynamics of urban meetings around food (& health, culture, leisure, etc)

COOKIN’GARDEN is made up of an adaptable device (cook bank), a blog platform and associated activities program (permaculture, sustainability and ecology) posing a debate about public space as an indicator between culture-territory-society.

  • The adaptable device is an expressly piece of urban furniture designed which contains several spaces: citizen information space, a storage area of due-mind labelled and classified recipes, an interactive digital screen for consultation and participation, a cooking area, an exhibition area and a local planting pots. Few installations would be required (lightning, data).
  • The blog contains information on the project: news and participation, bank of collective knowledge, links to other similar experiencies, local innovative practices and relevant public and private institutions working on management of resources and biodiversity, as well as mailbox citizen and registration of visits.
  • A program schedule includes course on intercultural cook, innovative experiences about alternative practices in the management of the same, educational workshop for children in education and value of cooking, participation session about what represents the management of resources in our daily lives and final presentation about the project and its continuity.

3. TASKS AND MILESTONES.

Pre-display (1 week):

  • Analysis about Yaroslavl neighbourhood.
  • Research of the current situation regarding minorities(mapping, surveying, analysis)
  • Gather of previous experiences, minorities & urban space(good practices, conflicts)
  • Configure the specific actions and topics for the workshop
  • Citizen initiatives, minorities and civic organization census.
  • Public announcement for participation (registration, task,responsibilities)
  • Previous communication (newspapers, internet, radio, etc.)On site construction and Workshop (3-5 days):
  • 5 days support for the construction display on site.
  • One Workshop on site. First activity with the cookinggarden.
  • Lectures and exhibitions from experts, publicadministration and citizens (minorities, integration, housing, master plan technicians, on-going initiatives, companies, etc.)
  • Net-working areas in order to achieve synergies and future collaborations
  • Configure the specific actions and topics for the workshop
  • Citizen initiatives, minorities and civic organization census.
  • Real-time communication & registration (blog, socialnetwork, photo, video)Post-display (2 weeks):
    • Memorandum of the workshop (process, conclusions, participation, impact on the media).
    • Digital publication for distribution and export
    • Permanent input and feedback device for participation (blog).

5. RETURN FOR THE CITY.

The circularity of the process makes a win-win situation for everybody. As a possible returns we can see:

For the citizens

Location-based experiences of the development of the citizen science and the collaborative network for the expanded innovative practices will empower the citizens’ activity and make a creative citizenship. The co-responsibility process will develop more entrepreneurship with more resources, acceleration of innovation and relevance for the neighbourhood.

For Yaroslavl Social Revolution

Yaroslavl will provide to local citizens a space for applied innovation concerning public space. Cooking Garden program is a mediator and facilitator for citizens that make a more cohesive social city and a more integrative and sustainable social, economic, and environmental.

For the local businesses

Existing industries (bars and restaurant, etc) and local businesses could gain by the process thanks to an empowered creative citizenship (=new ideas for public spaces), deals from the public administration, connection to other businesses in the surrounding with whom to collaborate.

NOTE: BUILDING INSTRUCTIONS

The display is mounted with an easy assemblage system:

1. Its structure can be disposed in any flat area.

The structure of the display is carried out by concrete tubes of 50 cm diameter or circular steel structure full-filled with bricks, earth and plants. It is strong enough to carry a perpendicular wooden grid structure (linked with «L» shaped metal pieces) and as well the wood revetment. All information can be seen in the picture (). They are as well detailed in the plans.

2. It can be easily mounted with the DIY System.

With the correct pieces shape any adult can build it. Another suggestion may be to do it with the help of DIY Store.
3. A wood waterproof may be done because of the fact that it will be disposed in one open space.
4. Regarding safety parameters, the kitchen does not have tools such as knives, forks and spoons, and it does not have any electronic device on it. Deserves attention, the fact that the «street kitchen» as a public space to share culture and recipes. It can be used as picnic area, or a place to meet people to sit and relax. During the workshops, the project staff is responsible to bring own tools and equipment to cook.

Authors:

Far from outlining the utopian city, [VIC] Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas (breeding ground for social innovation) proposes to work with reality as a basis for a daily utopia. Already existing initiatives work since a long time and represent “another way of doing things.” Due to the already existing initiatives,which they have been operating for a while, it represents “another way to make the things”. These proposals, by their social and relational base, constitute cities seeds which are Breeding ground to support and to spread another form of management of the city. The platform makes these initiatives visible, to give voice them and to amplify its operational range. A utopian city considers that is not the image of a metaphor but it is laid the foundations on relational models that already work for a long time.

[VIC] encourages the transfer of social innovation processes to public space, making it a common space, based on the study of existing citizens’ initiatives that promote a way to participate, interact and manage public space differently.

[VIC] is an open platform that links all citizen initiatives involving “another way of doing things” in public space.

Promotes entrepreneurship, self-organization, alternative economy, knowledge transfer, collaborative networks, empowerment, responsibility and involvement of citizens and collectives of urban and rural social innovation applied to public spaces, understood as “commons” exists in our current physical space.

The basic objectives of [VIC] can be summarized in the phrase “Transfers of social innovation to public space.” This means rethinking and working on the urban space as a common space of citizenship. Its aim is to encourage the transfers of social innovation processes that generate the practices associated with citizens’ initiatives to the public space, promoting consultative and participatory processes that listen and attend to forms of self-organization and civic organization, giving importance to the production of knowledge and the experience of the community in the decision- making processes that shape the public sphere.

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