Urban Green

Kick-Off Workshop Urban Green
Kick-Off Workshop Urban Green
Kick-Off Workshop Urban Green

The recent conflicts over Gezi Park in Istanbul or the Schlossgarten in Stuttgart (“Stuttgart 21”) bring to the fore disputes over planning and participation, public and private spaces, urban ecologies and the recreational value of urban green spaces that have deep roots in the Global South. In 2006, Capetonians protested against the removal of non-indigenous trees from the famous Table Mountain National Park. As early as 1989, Wangari Mathai (later a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) and her followers successfully protested against the conversion of Nairobi’s inner-city Uhuru Park into a huge business complex.
Parks have always been border regions, threshold country between urban and rural space, between civilization and “wild” nature, between suburbanization and no-man’s land.

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