When Strijp-S, a former industrial site in Eindhoven, was opened to the public, designer Desirée Hammen knew what she had to do: to garden. That is, the new inhabitants of the industrial site didn’t have a garden and didn’t know each other, which is exactly what Desirée wanted to change. So she built Garden Mania: a creative community garden project. With her garden she raises awareness about health issues, and about the question where food actually comes from. It’s a place where new projects can grow and develop, and where creativity and sustainability are the main focus. But most of all, it’s a place where people can meet each other. After all, sustainability means taking care of the earth and of each other.
Art Intervention researches the crossroads of sustainability, innovation and design in the Netherlands. It is part of the international art project “What’s the Deal” on urban culture and sustainability, in cooperation with Kulturreferat München (DE), Kunstzentrat (DE), Kino Šiška (SI) and Schmiede Hallein (AT).
In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam.
A video by Coolpolitics
Directed by: André van der Stouwe
Editing: Joris Derks en André van der Stouwe
Research & Concept: Amal Al Haag
Concept & Coordination: Susanne Eskens
Music by: Josh Woodward