Part of Parckdesign 2012 in Brussels
Source de Fricheproduces “spring water of drinkable quality exclusively for non-humans” from a partially purified pool of water which sits in the existing depression of a vast industrial wasteland. The water is cleansed and filtered through a helophyte plant-driven system, called a “vertical flow constructed wetland”. Although the water processed by the spring does not currently comply with European potability regulations, it sure does come close. First, the water of the pond is pumped at regular intervals into the constructed wetland. This system consists of a 4m2 field of helophyte plants contained within an isolating foil, a layer of gravel, a layer of sand, and another layer of gravel. The water is distributed uniformly over the surface of the first roots in the sand layer and the gravel bed. This sand is populated by bacteria known as saprotrophs. The bacteria grows and multiplies by eating the pollutants contained in water. These bacteria break down the organic compounds into smaller molecules which can then be absorbed by plants. They survive in these aquatic environments through the oxygen released by plant roots, which also protect the bacteria from heavy rain. Helophyte plants and bacteria live in symbiosis and together they purify the water. This first filtering process provides clean water which is then stored underground.
by Ooze (Eva Pfannes, Sylvain Hartenberg)
Part of Parckdesign 2012 in Brussels
to create the Curo Garden Raumlabor chose to open the gates to the spacious and pleasant courtyard of Curo Hall and to extend the public space by planning a whole series of concerted developments to comply with the uses of the local associations.
The construction and preparation process developed progressively through a series of workshops gradually involving local players. The first stage began at the end of February 2012 by defining the needs and aspirations of the associations and citizens likely to co-operate. In April, May and June, three workshops scanned the gradual completion of the developments in the courtyard. A series of mobile wooden structures, tables, chairs, a pergola, a platform in the trees were designed so as to allow a modular layout.
part of Parckdesign 2012 in Brussels
Plaine X70 opens an area of meetings and exchanges. A permanent worksite for transforming an abandoned urban wasteland into a public space, where shared gardens, living areas and small-scale sports facilities intermingle. The process is the issue at stake in this project, encouraging meetings and exchanges between local residents, local associations, schools and green space departments of the Brussels Regions.
by OST Collective, Studio Public, collective ETC & Tiphaine Hameau
part of Parckdesign 2012 in Brussels.
Cascoland proposes the installation of two structures, Mobile Gardens on the Parc du Triangle, between the rue Heyvaert and the Quai de l’Industrie, entrusted to the care of the inhabitants and local associations. Festivities and a whole series of events are scheduled so as to taste the fruit of the produce gathered from the gardens and to cook together. Another structure resembling a ‘mobile restaurant’, the Hot Pots Mobile, allows people to cook pizzas or bread in earthenware ovens. An excellent way to share recipes and cooking techniques.
Concept: Fiona de Bell
Design and construction : Jair Straschnow and Wouter Nieuwendijk
Cucumbers are looking strong! It’s looking like I’ll have more than I know what to do with. Maybe I’ll make some pickles!
Bet those blossoms would be good tempura-fried, too.
The US is experiencing drought conditions & the UK record rainfall. Different approaches to using raised beds can help gardeners avoid these extreme weather conditions damaging your plants.
For those of you in hot climates Wicking beds offer a way to keep your plants well watered and can even reduce water consumption by up to 50%. Click on the link below for a DIY guide to making wicking beds:
For those of you with too much water, raised beds will instantly reduce the amount of water surrounding your plants. The higher you build your beds means more soil is available for the water to drain away. Click the link below for a guide to building long lasting raised beds:
The truth is, y’all, I’m a total nestbody. I am always looking at vegetable gardens and wanting one (sadly there’s no space for a garden box here), and going to the fresh markets and farm stalls nearby to get my fruit and veg and doing the cooking for me and my housemates. I’ve got a real craving for peas right now, so prepare yourselves. I’ll probably end up posting a lot of food.
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