The Emergence of a Green “Intermittent” City? The Case of Parisian Nomadic Gardens

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Abstract

This contribution, which focuses on nomadic community gardens in Paris, aims to lay out the contemporary urban landscape at a crossroads between temporary uses and the sustainable city. Nomadic gardens are “on the move” collective gardening projects managed by inhabitants as the sites await urban redevelopment. The Parisian nomadic gardens emphasize new political and social discourses and practices relating to the temporary uses and moving of urban spaces. The translocation of gardens aims to foster the acceptance, and, paradoxically, the permanence, of temporary uses. Then, it could promote the emergence of a green “intermittent” city. However, this process is not always a smooth one and it questions the association of two frames of reference: the sustainable city and the neoliberal city. This exploratory work stresses the difficulty of going beyond binary approaches (anchor/circulation; continuity/discontinuity; temporary/sustainable; sustainable city/neoliberal city) in order to grasp the realities of the contemporaneous urban fabric, pointing to the need to set up a hybrid analytical framework.

Keywords

Transitory urbanism Temporary uses Community garden Nomadic garden Paris 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lab’URBAUniversity Paris-Est CréteilMarne-la-ValléeFrance

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