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Spiel/Feld Marzahn (2011-4)
Playing/Field Marzahn is an award-winning urban agriculture project including project design, implementation, project management and dissemination of results. It questioned the potential of urban agriculture as a tool for urban regeneration and aimed to establish community-led food growing on a redundant urban site in a Berlin housing estate.

Run in a participatory way between landscape architecture students of the Technical University Berlin, the planning department of the council of the Berlin borough of Marzahn-Hellersdorf and local actors on site, we co-initiated and led the project.
Projects with students, local residents and the municipality on productive space lead to multiple knowledge flows.
A special stakeholder focus is on building the project for and with a neighbouring primary school. The project investigates relationships between environmental education / ecological literacy and urban agriculture, between different forms of learning and the spatial consequences for regenerated urban and architectural sites.
Urban agricultural landscapes intensify the experience of the year's seasons.
The project's aim is to instigate the spatially effective, food-productive use of a brownfield site and, at the same time, to strengthen local engagement and offer lifestyle choices. At the moment, the project consists of a 600 m2 food growing field, a purpose-built shed, a composting site and an emerging group of local gardeners.
The site's boundaries were renegotiated after about 3 years.

location: Berlin, Germany
date: 2011 — 2014
client: Berlin Borough of Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Department for Urban Development / Department for Green Spaces and Infrastructure
funding: The Senate of Berlin, Germany / University of Brighton, Great Britain

the project’s own website / project news on our blog Productive Urban Landscapes

Winner of the UN award Contribution to the UN World Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (publications)