Knowledge and innovation community garden, Shanghai, China

Although the two communities of Chuangzhifang and the First Community of Guoding Road are separated by a wall, the living environment and personnel structure are obviously different. The state of being separated by walls has brought great inconvenience to the lives of residents on both sides. This project is aimed to break the wall for the convenience of the two communities and contribute to building harmonious neighborhood.


The information on this project was compiled by students from the University of Geneva as part of the Urban Futures Workshop (full report).

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Date : 2019

Implementation period: 2019 until now

Time life of the project: more than 2 years

Achieved

Status of land: Private

Type of place: Urban communities and neighborhoods

Funded by Yangpu Science and Technology Group and Shui On Group


Stakeholders

The Ownership Committee of the two communities as the representatives of their residents are at the origin of the project. The Street Agency took the initiative in collecting ideas and coordinating. The planning professionals of Tongji University once intervened and proposed suggestions. The Ownership Committee of Guoding Road No. 1 Community took the initiative to apply for funding from the "Beautiful Home" project to break the wall. Yangpu Science and Technology Group and Shui On Group launched the project and built up “Knowledge and Innovation Community Garden” as an entry point.

Target audience

The residents within the two communities and their neighborhood.

Citizen participation

Mobilized by citizens, co-implemented by the Ownership and Neighborhood Committee.

Type of intervention

Community intervention - De-fencing

Types of actions

  • Infrastructures: the wall was finally broken with a revolving door in place.
  • No reversible interventions
  • Citizen participation: The primary-level District agencies brought multiple entities together and invited residents to jointly build a chamber called "Bainaohui" for discussions.
  • Innovation: The two communities took the initiative to “break the wall” beyond ownership and the companies built up the first community garden in an open block in Shanghai
  • Long-term transformation: The wall was finally broken down with a revolving door in place, and more importantly the garden has been built up for communication activities.

Types of innovations

  • Access and connection: With a revolving door in place, the“Knowledge and Innovation Community Garden” (KICG) connects the two communities better
  • Activities and practices: In Sept 2016, the designer Zheng Chao and the cartoonist Hong Xiao led the children to create community public welfare art on the wall. The professional planning team from Tongji University and other colleges and universities implemented the "urban micro-renewal" inside and outside the walls.
  • Comfort and image: The wall was finally broken down with a revolving door in place, and “Knowledge and Innovation Community Garden” functions as the first community garden in Shanghai in an open block.
  • Sociability and link: The garden has been built up for communication activities and large-scale "community interaction days" have been organized to build a network.

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Results

As a result, the wall in the middle was finally broken with a revolving door in place, which brought the convenience of the two communities. This innovation has also brought positive externalities -the two years of coordination has contributed to building a harmonious neighbourhood, and also KICG Garden was built up in between as ihe first community garden in Shanghai in an open block.


Contact

Implementing partner: Siyecaotang

A supporting organization on community gardening

E-mail: siyecaotang2014@163.com

Resources

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/bpLVxfNiPgbIe5vQnxRsQ

https://baijiahao.baidu.com/s?id=1643912443802412182&wfr=spider&for=pc

Data

  • Type of action : aménagement / équipement
  • State : En cours
  • Starting date : July 1, 2019

Location