Lisbon has a long history of calamity and resilience. Radical self-reliance is a contemporary phenomenon. Voids in the city centre are accumulating at an alarming rate. The combination of these components inspired an experimental pilot project, operating in equal measures as an agricultural programme and community cultivator.
Slotting into abandoned properties, the garden framework can spread across the city, re-purposing the existing fabric for community use. The sculptural central structure facilitates a vertical market garden, and cooled spaces at street level for sociable work. Decks captured under its canopy provide a spectrum of climatic conditions for seasonal cultivation. Kitchens and larders transform produce into edible supplies for today or various tomorrows. Technical report →