Edible City Solutions for a better world!

Our city becomes edible: Residents create green oases inside, community gardens and other “edible” initiatives improve the individual quality of life, are important social places and make a valuable contribution to neighbourhood development.

Since September 2018 Berlin has been participating in the EU project EdiCitNet (Edible Cities Network – Integrating Edible City Solutions for social, resilient and sustainably productive cities). One aim of the project is to create a global network to promote urban food production. 12 cities from Europe and around the world are participating as practice partners. Among them there are so-called “Follower Cities” which develop specific “Edible City Master Plans”, Berlin has been participating since 2018 (the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing is in charge). The input for these plans will be generated in five so-called “Front Runner Cities”, which will test solutions in model projects, each with a different thematic focus (neighbourhood gardens, direct marketing of food, building-related agriculture, etc.) and make the results available to  other participating cities. Berlin has recently also become a Front Runner City and under the direction of the Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing and Nomadisch Grün GmbH, will carry out a Living Lab at the Neuer St. Jacobi Friedhof Neukölln and Gut Hellersdorf. The central question in Berlin is to what extent socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods can be strengthened by solutions of the edible city. Both locations will be accompanied and co-designed by a so-called “LivingLab Team” consisting of decision-makers, practice partners and residents. This team is to be as broad and interdisciplinary as possible so that the solutions found will stand up to the critical eyes of the administration, practice, science and the neighbourhood.

We would be pleased if you would become part of the Living Lab Team Neukölln and help shape the model project on site. The probable time required, apart from 2 initial meetings, is one Jour Fix every 2-3 months. The participation is voluntary. In order to get to know each other and to introduce you to the goals and contents, the time schedule and the methods of EdiCitNet, we cordially invite you to the following dates:

Monday, 26.10.2020 14-18 hrs Kick-Off LivingLab Team Neukölln

Monday, 9.11.2020 14-18 hrs 1st workshop

Wednesday, 24.11.2020 14-18 hrs 2. workshop

The following agenda is planned for the kick-off on 26.10.2020:

1. Guided tour of the Neuer St. Jacobi Friedhof (Nomadisch Grün gGmbH)

2. Presentation of EdiCitNet (overall project worldwide, by HU-Berlin)

3. Presentation Berlin (Masterplan and Living Lab, by the Senate for Urban Development and Housing and Nomadisch Grün gGmbH)

4. Questions, discussion and outlook on the tasks of the City Team

Meeting point is 15:00 at the New St. Jacobi Cemetery (Hermannstraße 99-105, 12051 Berlin). Afterwards we will meet at the premises of STATTBAU Stadtentwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH (Hermannstraße 182, 12049 Berlin)

We would be very grateful if you could let us know whether you will be participating in the Living-Lab team in general and in the Kick-Off. Please write to: edicitnet [at] prinzessinnengarten [dot] net

We are looking forward to a good cooperation and rich insights!