|Name||Ecosystème Urbain Darwin|
|Community||Level||Building / Neighborhood|
|Sector||Ecologically sustainable urban regeneration|
|Year of beginning||2008|
|People involved||560 people employed, 5000 members of residents associations, 40 associations, around 700 000 visitors per year|
|Object||Darwin was created as an urban ecosystem inside of an old military barrack that was left abandoned in the city of Bordeaux.
The project includes small commerces, a co-working space, shared offices, cultural, artists, and residents’ associations, apiculture activities and urban farms, cafés, bars and restaurants, sports areas, and a hostel among others. The whole system follows a governance model that is collaborative and participatory, thanks to the “Darwiniens” association. It is a sustainable structure as it hosts workshops for the recycling of various materials; it sets up spaces with the help of recycled furniture; it follows an advanced recycling system for the waste produced; and finally, it makes use of renewable energy and collects rainwater. The Darwin project is therefore an example of a sustainable renovation that remains inclusive and fosters community building in the city.
|Source||Gancille J.M and Barre P. L’écosystème urbain Darwin. Du Hacking Territorial à un nouveau modèle de coproduction de la ville? Futuribles n° 414 . septembre-octobre 2016