Together we built two planters; one for elderly and wheelchair users, the other for use in gardening lessons by the local childrens school.
Electrical eng. student
Pilot and entrepeneur
Product design student
Marzahn, a deprived area on the outskirts of Berlin, has a long history of agriculture. Unfortunately, it has suffered from people moving away from the area due to lesser quality housing and cultural life. A central challenge of the area, is that people have less self initiative than in the central areas of Berlin, where local engagement is much higher.
Early on, we chose to design our planters for the schoolchildren and the elderly. While the educational use of the garden was already of great value to the community, we also saw that the garden itself wasn’t really accessible to the local nursing home.
Through group sketching workshops, we arrived at three concepts worth exploring:(a) Modular installation (b)Inclusive gardening (c)Revealing the hidden underground
By working individually in different sketching mediums, and then discussing the comparisons, we got to look at different solutions to the same concept. Individual interpretation of each others work allowed for new ideas to emerge.
The final materials was chosen due to being both cheap and already planed and treated, saving us both time and budget money.