|Sector||Urban regeneration, community building, sustainability|
|Year of beginning||2009|
|Object||Prinzessinnengarten (Princess Garden) was created on an abandoned plot of land which for decades had been used as a wasteland. The regeneration process was activated by the non-profit Nomadisch Grüne and, thanks to the participation of local residents and activists, resulted in the creation of a social-urban-agricultural venture. The garden is not only a place where to grow vegetables, but has instead become a platform for people of the nieghborhood where it is possible to relax in an open space, go to the restaurant or to the café, see art exhibitions and music performances, attend formal and informal workshops, and much more. The place also functions as a social enterprise which currently employs 12 people.
Since 2015 a knowledge and experience creation process has been activated by The Neighborhood Academy, a self-organized open platform for urban and rural knowledge sharing, cultural practice and activism. The Academy is engaged on topics such as Local and global exchange between urban and rural communities, Commons, Right to the city, Socio-ecological transformation from the bottom-up, Self-organized learning and much more. Working with numeorus partners the Academy is currently focusing on projects such as The Arbour – A self-build experimental architecture in Prinzessinnengärten, which will serve as an open space for learning and exchange, MAZI – building local, community wireless networks, ZUsammenKUNFT – a pilot project on living and working with refugees, Moritzplatz Futures – a long-term neighbourhood oriented, social and ecological development of the site at Moritzplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.