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Urban Agriculture

Participatory Design and Self-building in Shared Urban Open Spaces

Community Gardens and Casitas in New York City

Authors: Mees, Carolin

  • This book contains a special chapter of the lessons learned from author’s field experience in leading the participatory design and self-building process of community gardens in New York City provides readers with practical insightIncludes in depth information about participatory design and self-building in shared urban open spaces in New York City.
  • Includes 80 color photos and 5 black & white photos of participatory designed community gardens with self-built structures in New York City
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About this book

The book investigates the development of community gardens with self-built structures, which have existed as a shared public open space land use form in New York City’s low-come neighborhoods like the South Bronx since the 1970s. These gardens have continued to be part of the urban landscape until today, despite conflicting land use interests, changing residents groups and contradictory city planning. Both community gardens and self-built structures are created in a participatory design and self-built effort by urban residents and are an expression of the individual gardeners’ preferences, their cultural background and the decisions made by the managing residents’ group in regards to the needs of their neighborhood. Ultimately community gardens with self-built structures are an expression of the people’s will to commonly use this land for open and enclosed structures next to their homes in the city and need to be included in future urban planning.

About the authors

Carolin Mees holds a Dr. Ing./PhD in Architecture and a Dipl.Ing/ M.A. in Architecture, both from the Berlin University of Arts, as well as a Vordiplom/ B.A. in Architecture from the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany. With her office mees architecture Carolin Mees has designed community-based open space structures since 2007, when she led the participatory design of the Gardenhaus shelter structure for the municipal community gardens program of New York City, GreenThumb. Carolin Mees has been the Project and Design Coordinator for New York City’s Mayor’s Offices Gardens for Healthy Communities Initiative that resulted in the participatory design and self-building of 13 new community gardens from 2012-2014. She has continued to work as an architect and researcher in the field of community-based urban design and has published widely about her research. Carolin Mees has been teaching in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, sustainable systems and designing urban agriculture at various universities in Europe and North-America since 2009.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Mees, Carolin

    Pages 1-6

  • The Emergence of Shared Gardens and Self-Built Structures in European Cities

    Mees, Carolin

    Pages 7-56

  • The Emergence of Shared Gardens and Self-Built Structures in North American Cities

    Mees, Carolin

    Pages 57-73

  • The Emergence of Community Gardens in New York with Focus on the South Bronx

    Mees, Carolin

    Pages 75-111

  • The Impact of Stakeholders on the Development of Community Gardens in the South Bronx

    Mees, Carolin

    Pages 113-151

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75514-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75513-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Participatory Design and Self-building in Shared Urban Open Spaces
Book Subtitle
Community Gardens and Casitas in New York City
Authors
Series Title
Urban Agriculture
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75514-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75514-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75513-7
Series ISSN
2197-1730
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 280
Number of Illustrations
28 b/w illustrations, 59 illustrations in colour
Topics