New perspectives in the metropolitan jungle! In its search for new forms of temporary use, the explorative project of the initiative Arche takes a close look at undiscovered vacant plots as places with a new type of urban nature. In this way, plots throughout Vienna could easily be transformed into temporary gardens. These are varied, colorful, disorderly, wild – and hence they offer huge urban, social and gardening potential: Ruderal vegetation is the name given to the flora that, without human intervention, appears on unused or derelict land. And it is precisely the wildernesses of these vacant plots that the project wants to very deliberately tend to, cultivate and multiply. In this way, these plots can be revealed as open spaces that are available to absolutely all the city's inhabitants: people, animals, bacteria and plants. “We invite our visitors to stay a while, celebrate slowness and observe the diversity found in these ostensibly useless areas.”
As part of the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, ARCHE was awarded the Erste Bank ExtraVALUE- Design Award 2020.
A guided tour of the plot: Sun 27.9., 2.30pm:
The spontaneous vegetation on the vacant plot and its accompanying ecosystem will be examined in the Arche, together with Mag. Florian Etl (Pollination Biology, University of Vienna)
Workshop on the plot: Sun 4.10., 2.30pm:
We will dig, water, harvest and plant: Together with Johannes Wiener (Gardener) participants will work together to shape the urban garden of tomorrow.
More information about the ongoing program can be found at instagram.com/in_der_arche.