Eud’Action #1 – Urban Shared Garden
This Eud’Action is an answer to most of modern cities’ problem : they are profoundly unsustainable and unresilient.
On this page you will find hundreds of things you can with your neighbours to recreate an oasis of life and community locally.
Urban abandonated wasteland in Paris
- Have you ever wondered what the dirty court at the foot of your building, this vacant lot next to your house, or that unoccupied lawn could become if people take care of it more?
- Are you indignant that today people no longer know how to cooperate, share and build things together? That the individual prevail over living together?
- That you are dependent on expensive external services to eat well, or to have access to a space of well-being and exchange, for you and your children?
- Tired of buying tons of objects, tools, and materials, the majority of which you will rarely use or throw away waste per thousand each year?
- Are you concerned about sustainability and wish to teach about it to kids but can’t afford the time and the expense to bring them in sustainable places and farms?
If you recognize yourself in one of the questions above, don’t worry it’s normal.
Big cities have tended to be really practical in term of “comfort” to access to culture, working opportunities, services and sharing skills as well as to connect us with people we would never expect to meet.
But they also created a very strong dependence on external systems to provide food, energy, water, waste treatment, … , stress and separation with our local community and neighborhood.
After digging between hundred of solutions coming from all over the world, we asked ourselve, what are the best actions we can do to make cities more sustainable, beautiful, friendly and cooperative that anyone could reappropriate themselves?
One of our answers : Urban Shared Garden.
Eud’Action #1 – Urban Shared Garden (version 2.0)
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💡 Tip : You can easily find all the concepts shared on the Internet by tipping the name of what you want to build + “DIY” (Do it yourself) to find tutorials.
How did it started?
This Eud’Action was inspired by a test our team from Cracow (Poland) did in an old building of the Kazimierz in 2019.
The primary goal was to reveal the beauty of the place by revegetating the ground court and the shared balconies.
To do so, Rodrigue after concerting with his flatmates and some people of the Eudaimon supporters, did an information paper pinned up in the corridors of the building informing about the project, the necessary tools and materials, and a space that the interested neighbours could write their name and flat number.
After 1 week, 15 people were interested to take part in the project and after a short meeting in the court, we decided what were the priority for each of the neighbours and where everyone could contribute.
After 2 weeks a new spirit reveals in the build, the people were not anymore only saying hi when they saw each other but inviting each other, exchanging objects, helping each other and starting to behave as a supportive community.
After 1 month and half, all the balcony were greenified and decorated the court cleaned up and started having grass growing and the neighbours were organizing barbecue together.
We realize the whole potential of such an action and decided to extend the numbers of solutions, and to spread the word to make such beautiful story possible everywhere, but also adaptable to local needs and expectations.
How can I use the Eud'Action and make a Urban Shared Garden?
This Eud’Action is not a strict guideline to follow. It’s a collection of ideas and solutions you can apply or adapt to your needs and the one in your neighborhood.
Each solution is ranked from 1 to 4 stars by their level of difficulty and the investment required.
You will also find parts about the main materials and the main tools needed.
A space under each solution is made to permit you to translate or to add notes depending on how you what to use it and with whom.
7 steps to make a shared garden in your neighborhood, building, school, community, …
1) Start by identifying the first solutions of the Eud’Action that could benefit the local community, and research more online about how to make them.
2) Share the ideas by talking with some of the people of your community or responsible for the terrain (about the solutions and the benefits it can bring)
3) Pinup an announcement paper about what could be done (grow food, reuse organic waste, save energy, collective structure, …) by requesting the flat/house number and number of people interested in participating.
4) Organize a first informal meeting with people interested, to meet each other, share together about what solutions each one would like to implement, the question about the needed resources and the necessary authorization to do it.
5) Share feedbacks and information through an online group or a common notice board.
6) Organize a neighbors celebration to permit everyone to share a good time together and better know each other.
7) Make a regular meeting (every weeks or months) to permit everyone to share their personal perspective, concerns and ideas to improve the place.
What is the difference between the V1.0 and the V2.0
Well first is the amount of content, more solutions from more places around the world are available.
The second thing is the space under each written content. This was made to permit you to write translation or note toshare in and easier way the solutions to people that would note speak English.
Also a “Done” box has been added to permit you to show what you had experimented or implemented.
Last but not least the layout have been redefined to make it easier to read!
Download Eud’Action #1 (V2.0)
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