Botany for Change in Shanghai
The 5th edition of the Botany for Change Award was held in Shanghai where green spaces currently take up 16% of its surface area. Partnering with Clover Nature School, a local NGO, the challenge was open students in botany, horticulture, architecture, and landscaping at all universities in China, with the challenge to transform 550 m² on the Bund, a famous waterfront promenade into an urban garden of tomorrow.
From 90 entries, teams were shortlisted by a jury of botany experts (including Alain Baraton, Chief Gardener at the Grand Parc du Château de Versailles), and submitted to the public vote. The winning team proposed a “Bee-friendly garden”, inspired by the wisdom of bees is to rebuild the friendly relationship between humans and nature. An eco-designed space was designed, for sharing and passing on ideas, which met the needs of the inhabitants and was in harmony with nature. All the elements of the garden are made from recycled materials (wood, eco-brick, stone, etc.).
Educational workshops have been held for the local community to ensure they can continue to develop and maintain the garden. More than a garden, it will be a living space: a traditional bread oven is also set to be installed, and a weekly market will be held.
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