Berlin is a multicultural city that never sleeps. Neat tidy architecture and a clear life schedule (work-home-vacation are timetabled) allows limitation-free people set their chaotic protest area, such as urban garden campuses, gardens in former airports that are fundamentally different from clear rhythm of the city that had been running for decades. Urbanists and architects with experience try to face the needs of the community. For instance, there is a seemingly childish desire to walk kilometers just to sit on golden nuts, not comfortable benches. The community wants harmless fun on a neatly designed patch of ground. Previously, these protests expressed only through personnel changes: hair color, tattoos; now indicators of sustainable mini protests face the outside: graffiti and bulky objects.
Berlin is very convenient and aimed at healthy nation because of the city transport planning. The city is permeated with bike paths and bike parking and bike rental spots. Berlin is a very green city. Concise parks and squares, simple (in terms of construction and maintenance) separate lanes on roads, well maintained patios filled their unique attributes. In this context, there is significant concern about the environment and their personal tomorrow: sorting household waste, construction of homes for insects, cultivation of local crops (not introduced exotic species, it is difficult to make them take root and they require special care). Berlin is a city that is open to people: in the streets, you can often hear English language, visually noticeably blurring the barriers of national identity. Urban practices that we learned are aimed at increasing the role of man in society, to become acquainted with personal rights. They are also aimed at integration in the steel structure with the possibilities of its further development.
By Kateryna Paliura, team member, Landscape Designer, NGO Garden City