Taktyk + Alive Architecture
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In the light of contemporary strategies of fears, how can we still defend the landscape as project of/for hospitality? In Brussels, at the interface of the municipalities of Molenbeek, Jette, Laeken that suffers from high unemployment rates, and the private and exclusive development of Thurn & Taxis we consider the site of the project as a spatial, social and economic border condition that was to be challenged through a design biennale entitled Parckfarm.
The recognition of the «as found» qualities on the former railway valley informed our proposition. We discovered an impressive network of local actors that turned the edges of this wasteland into collective gardens, animal farms and a pigeon shelter. Our proposition aimed to support these existing informal practices.
By promoting curation a new model of public space that combines the characteristics of a park and local micro farming was tested .The involvement of designers generated an esthetically beautiful public realm, the participation of the many local actors through co-production and care generated its activation.
The success of this biennale as a test comes partly from its public recognition, but before all from the empowerment of the locals to co-produce the Parckfarm. Between top down and bottom up initiatives the project Parckfarm defends an inclusive approach of city making, by promoting social and ecological interactions in Brussels.