Milan is facing a problem that has been a challenge for urban planning ever since the invasion of cars: the issue of parking spaces. Where and how many are questions that need answers in order to satisfy agglomerated cities all over the world. But nowadays, even too much parking can give rise to issues, and the question remains: what is an alternative use to these spaces without abolishing their main purpose?
The Poligarden is a temporary urban garden, constructed as an initiative of Tal Ashkenazi, to replaces one parking stall inside the Politecnico’s parking lot. The aim is to give a new meaning to an urban space by experimenting with possible functionalities that may provide leisure places for students and educate the public on urban gardening, while increasing their environmental awareness.
The construction process of the Poligarden was aimed at a low cost installation, using local and recycled materials:
- The structure is made of used vegetable crate boxes taken from street markets;
- An old rug, placed on the asphalt, creates a comfortable place to sit;
- The soil for the plants was mixed with two types of compost that is free in organic farms; and
- The seeds for the plants were bought and planted in advance and were put inside a geotextile fabric to create temporary flowerpots.
Overall it took two days and three people to construct everything.
The project was planned for a period of one week, after which it was dismantled and the plants were given to students as part of the educational theme.
Along with its main purpose, the initiative brings to question a controversial subject: is it possible for temporary architecture influence the future design of our cities ?
Credits: Photographs by Alexandra Serbana, Alessandra Manganelli, and Tal Ashkenazi. Data linked to sources.