Convivial Greenstreets


I use convivial greenstreet as a conceptual umbrella term for streetside horticulture in the urban core. In many of the compact European cities that I've been studying, plants and their supporting paraphernalia are cultivated in private or quasi-public interstitial spaces by resident- and merchant-gardeners. Constrained for space to grow, plantings along street frontages often 'squat' on public rights-of-way, though civic authorities usually seem quite agreeable. Collectively, these informal installations contribute green infrastructure services. As importantly, like dog-walking, cultivation activities are a kind of lingua franca along the street - a pretext to conviviality and a context for emerging communities of green practice. Cities studied thus far include:

Amsterdam (Jordaan, Grachtengordel-West)
Leiden, NL (Binnenstad-Zuid/Noord, Stationsdistrict)
Delft, NL (Binnenstad, Centrum-oost)
Leeuwarden, NL (Centrum)
Katwijk, NL (Katwijk aan Zee)
Brussels (Saint-Gilles, Forest, Ixelles)
Ghent, BE (Centrum, Patershol)
Cologne (Ehrenfeld, Altstadt-Süd, Sülz, Lindenthal, Neustadt-Süd)
Bonn (Altstadt, Zentrum, Südstadt)
Frankford (Innenstadt)
Aachen, DE (Aachen-Mitte)
Andernach, DE (city centre)
Rostock, DE (Stadt-mitte, Südstadt)
Copenhagen (Christianshavn, Indre By, Vesterbro)
Paris (Le Marais, Quartier d’Amerique, Montmartre, Quartier Latin)
Barcelona (Grŕcia, Eixample, Barceloneta, Horta, Cuitat Vella)
Prague (St. Mesto, N. Mesto, Josefov, Malá Strana, Vínorady, Zizkov, Holešovice,
    Hradčany, Dejvice)
Budapest (Kerület (districts) I, II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, XIII)
Lisbon (Alfama, Santa Maria Maior: Rossio/Baixa/Chiado, Bairro Alto, Graḉa)







windowsill wildflowers     windowsill wildflowers, Bonn

windowsill wildflowers, Altstadt neighborhood, Bonn, Germany








 

kids playing in Delft street

playtime, Trompetstraat, Delft, The Netherlands









woman on bicycle in ghent

vines and planter boxes, Schouwvegers Straat, Ghent, Belgium










birdhouses in Leiden

birdhouses, Doezastraat, Leiden, The Netherlands










cafe in Brussels

café, Saint-Gilles, Brussels








sticker on ivy     ivy leaf sticker, Ghent, Belgium









stairs in Paris

steps at Église Saint-Merry, Paris










neighbors, Brussels

neighbors and a tree, Saint-Gilles, Brussels









slot street, Ghent, Belgium

  courtyard gardens, Rodelijvekens Straat, Ghent, Belgium









flowers and graffiti, Cologne

street arts, Ehrenfeldt district, Cologne









streetscape, Amsterdam

 canal streetscape, Centrum neighborhood, Amsterdam









wall plantings, Paris

window plants, Marais district, Paris









cafe, Cologne

sidewalk café, Altstadt-Süd district, Cologne









windowscape, Brussels

windowscape, Saint-Gilles, Brussels









tree pit, Cologne

  merchant-public joint installation, Engaged In Ehrenfeld program, Venloer Strasse, Ehrenfeld, Cologne










streetscape, Brussels

Sustainable Quarters partnership program in action, Saint-Gilles, Brussels









espalier, Cologne

one less paver, one more espaliered fruit tree, Altstadt-Süd, Cologne









florist, Brussels

flower purveyor, Saint-Gilles, Brussels









vine on wall, Aachen, Germany

vines, Aachen-Mitte, Aachen, Germany









windowscape, Ghent

street frontage, Patershol neighborhood, Ghent, Belgium









cherry blossom petals     cherry blossom stencil

kirschblüten (cherry bloom) remains, Altstadt, Bonn









flower bed in Cologne

arterial streetscape, Altstadt-Süd, Cologne









kids on bench, Delft

kids and bench, Delft, The Netherlands









facade, Ghent

street frontage, Centrum, Ghent, Belgium









plants on wall, Amstedam

plantings on metal grid, Rozenstraat, Centrum, Amsterdam









     pinks chair

pinks and whites, Aachen, Germany








green apt, Ehrenfeldt, Cologne

apartment greenery, Ehrenfeld, Cologne









mother and son, Delft

mother and son, Trompetsraat, Delft, The Netherlands









pipe stocking, Cologne

pipe stocking, Cologne









lamp post, Aachen

flower basket and lamp post, Aachen, Germany









pots on facade, Barcelona

red pots and laundry, Barri Gňtic, Barcelona









forecourt gardens, Prague

forecourt gardens, Old Bubeneč, Prague









green piano, Budapest

piano, District VI Terézváros, Budapest










chained plants, Budapest

tethered plants, District 5 Belváros, Budapest









Lisbon - Socorro

step gardens, Socorro parish, Lisbon



step gardens - Alfama

step gardens, Alfama, Lisbon










watering-Alfama-Lisbon

watering, Alfama, Lisbon







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