Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Green Veins - Day 1

In this series, landscape architect Celia Spouncer reflects on Green Veins, her installation, research and intervention project which is based at PLACE and ongoing until 31st May.

Part of the Green Veins laboratory - ongoing at PLACE until 31st May.

Greens Veins intends to reflect on the importance of green space and peoples' connection to it in critical changing times in terms of economics, politics, culture and environment changes. There seem to be 2 diverging directions in terms of green planning for Belfast. A strong urbanisation with seemingly little priority for green space or features; and an undercurrent of community interest connecting to role of green space in health, food production, buffering impacts of climate change and emotional and spiritual well being. Cities are urban, so should every corner be manicured and landscaped in a formal manner or is there scope for creativity and innovative ecological planning and design? What is the relevance of green space to young people increasingly disconnected with their surrounds?

Tuesday 17th May: Day 1 at PLACE involved the setting up of a ‘pocket park’ and allotment as part of the ‘green laboratory’ - somewhere for the hard working PLACE staff to relax. Pocket Parks are popular in many urban cities often using derelict corners or sites - sometimes initiated by local communities or local councils. We will include key examples through the Blog site.

In addition we are working out the line of the green vein as this is only a 2 week programme as part of an MA. Map bases will be placed on the walls of PLACE and you are invited to identify sites known to you that Mapping Centre to collate anecdotal and recognised data sets.

With increased urbanisation, how can you ‘grow your own’ with little space? The 2 week programme will reflect on some of the most innovative examples of ‘urban agriculture' - a term used for growing food in urban areas. We will set up a window farm at PLACE. Projects we will unfold throughout the installation at PLACE will include working out how to make a window farm. Window farms
 are suspended, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield edible food gardens built using low-impact or recycled local materials.

Throughout the 2 weeks we will set up a Green Veins dialogue online, undertake publicity, and work with other planning and community organisations and individuals to continue to compile layers of information about the perception, attitudes and health of green space.

Find out more and download the full programme of activities from the PLACE website: click here.

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