Yoga in Horsh Beirut in collaboration with Shiva Lila

Beirutis love yoga, and Beirutis love their Horsh Beirut.
After the second yoga event in the park in partnership with Shiva Lila yoga space, we can safely say that Beirutis love to meet for their sun salutations on the grass!

See for yourself.
http://on.fb.me/1NmXwUk and http://on.fb.me/1LKqYEB
We would like to thank Balkis for hydrating all participants and Future TV for documenting this wonderful afternoon!

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#1month1park: Prinzessinnengärten, Berlin, Germany.

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Located at Moritzplatz in the district of Kreuzberg, Prinzessinnengärten is as Berlin as Berlin can be. This mobile garden provides the perfect “green” escape from the concrete city in which it dwells. Once inside, you immediately feel you have stepped back in time – as nothing immediately makes sense. But once you look closely, you realize everything is simply built to sustain – the aesthetics seem to be an afterthought, if a thought at all.

Much like Berlin.

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Entrance

Walkway from entrance

Walkway from entrance

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Play Area/Library

As a former brownfield site between Prinzenstrasse and Oranienstrasse, the area of today’s garden lay fallow for over 60 years. But in 2009, the non-profit organization Nomadic Green – which was made up of local residents – transformed the space into a mobile urban vegetable garden.

 

Recycled water tanks

Recycled water tanks

Plants grown in rice sacks

Plants grown in rice sacks

The area consists of recycled containers, bakery boxes, Tetra Packs and rice sacks – so the garden is always mobile.

Plants watered and grown in recycled Tetra Packs

Plants watered and grown in recycled Tetra Packs

People sit among the plants

People sit among the plants

 

The aim of all this is to convert unused city land into productive green spaces, where people can come together to create, learn and relax – all within a sustainable environment. The Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development also views the garden as a successful example of gender mainstreaming in urban development.

Enjoying a beer in the garden

Enjoying a beer in the garden

Perennial Sector

Perennial Sector

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But the best part of the garden is that it welcomes everyone and provides the perfect atmosphere to relax, work, play, drink, eat and create.

Main seating area in the center of the garden

Main seating area in the center of the garden

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During my trip to Prinzessinnengärten, I stumbled upon a “Tiny House” being built by a collective of around 6 people. When asked what they were doing, I was told they wanted to show that – with a simple design – anyone can build The Nest, which is a small house from wood. You do not have to be a carpenter, you do not have to be an architect – all you need are some work clothes.

The Nest – in progress

The Nest – in progress

The Project Manager, Hendrik Rauf Man, made it clear that everyone was welcome to help – even me. As of now, there are around 20 different people working on the house, who come and go as they please. They have been working on the house for about 2.5 weeks now and will most likely be finished in another two.

The project, which has been named Wieder Wild, is pushing for fully self-sufficient products, such as this house, with low cost and do-it-yourself technology – making it an independent and nature friendly home.

Hendrik Rauf Man, Project Manager, taking a break on the roof

Hendrik Rauf Man, Project Manager, taking a break on the roof

Until next time…visit prinzessinnengarten.net and wiederwild.org to learn more!

Until next time…visit prinzessinnengarten.net and wiederwild.org to learn more!

 

Nadia

 

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#1month1park is Beirut Green Project’s latest blog section, where we will be featuring one park a month from across the globe. These blog posts are written by residents of cities around the world who enjoy using their parks and are eager to share their experiences with us.
The purpose of this activity is to showcase some of beautiful parks from around the globe, to get inspired by some of their unique features and solutions, and to highlight the significance and vital need for these spaces for a healthy city life.

 

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#1month1park: Paley Park in New York, USA.

Peaceful pocket park to cool off in the urban jungle

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Set in Midtown Manhattan, Paley park is one of the most known and most celebrated urban spaces in New York and the world. This small quiet space is the perfect place to cool off on a lunch break in the concrete jungle of New York City.

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One of the first commissioned vest pocket parks, Paley park proves that good things can come in small packages.

It was designed by Robert Zion and opened in 1967. It was conceived as the prototype for a new kind of public space, privately owned, described in a proposal by Zion & Breen Associates in a 1963 exhibition at the Architectural League of New York.

Paley Park has an intimate relation with the street. Low and inviting steps and trees that canopy the sidewalk often influence passer-by to stroll through the park on impulse.

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“It is located directly on the street so that people are attracted to look in and enter. It has good, reasonably priced food, as well as moveable chairs and tables that let people be comfortable and have some control over where they sit. A waterfall provides a dramatic focal point and a reason to enter the park; its noise blocks out the sounds of the city and creates a sense of quiet and privacy. There’s adequate shade in the summer from the trees, though they allow a beautiful dappled light to pass through their leaves.”
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The key to its success is a 6.1 meter high waterfall spanning the entire back of the park. The waterfall creates a backdrop of noise to mask the sounds of the city, providing an oasis of calm.

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Social interaction in the park was analyzed in the film “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces” by William H. Whyte. 

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The green of the ivy-covered side walls or “vertical lawns”

More on pocket parks.

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#1month1park is Beirut Green Project’s latest blog section, where we will be featuring one park a month from across the globe. These blog posts are written by residents of cities around the world who enjoy using their parks and are eager to share their experiences with us.
The purpose of this activity is to showcase some of beautiful parks from around the globe, to get inspired by some of their unique features and solutions, and to highlight the significance and vital need for these spaces for a healthy city life.

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Green Your Lunch campaign

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This year on World Environment Day 2015, we launched a campaign called Green Your Lunch. Seven participating restaurants offered free lunches to seven companies, only to be delivered and enjoyed in a garden nearby.

During two weeks in June, co-workers got the chance to have their lunch offered and delivered to a garden near their workplace so they would enjoy a calm and relaxing green lunch break.

Hats off to our the generous sponsoring  restaurants and the amazing participating companies who made this campaign a success.
For more pictures, please check out our Facebook album here.
http://on.fb.me/1GJtxj9

If you want to participate in next editions of Green Your Lunch, please drop us a note on beirutgreenproject@gmail.com
’till next time!

June 5th 2015
Deek Duke & Zoomaal in Gebran Khalil Gebran garden 

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June 8th 2015
Bar Tartine & Roche in Capucins garden

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June 10th 2015
T-marbouta & Polypod in Rene Moawad garden 

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June 10th 2015
Green Falafel & Wondereight in Horsh Tabet

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June 11th 2015
Crepaway & Bestseller in Gebran Khalil Gebran garden 

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June 12th 2015
Zaatar w Zeitle Gray in Abdul Rahman el Hout garden 

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June 15th 2015
Roadster’s diner & Made for Brands in Jesuits garden

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#1month1park: Green strip in Jounieh, Lebanon.

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For months on end, a narrow strip of gravel filled land made Jounieh residents ponder on the nature of a new project snaking its way between land plots by the Fouad Chehab Stadium. With time, the strip turned bit by bit into a healthy green, astonishing those who began to expect little in a country more concerned with profitable concrete than a harmonious fulfilling city.

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Our very own version of New York City’s High Line, Paris’s Promenade Plantée, the Jounieh Public Garden turned a narrow strip of land, what could have been one asphalt road into a pretty scented park accessible to all. Having been inaugurated in 2014, the 750m strip starts near the Fouad Chehab Stadium and ends close to the Deutsche School. Named plates cover a variety of plants / trees in the garden, showing their Latin names. The park became second home for plenty who go for a walk / jog in an elegant escapade from the daily hustle of city life, thru scents of lemon blossom, ageing olive trees.

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#1month1park is Beirut Green Project’s latest blog section, where we will be featuring one park a month from across the globe. These blog posts are written by residents of cities around the world who enjoy using their parks and are eager to share their experiences with us.
The purpose of this activity is to showcase some of beautiful parks from around the globe, to get inspired by some of their unique features and solutions, and to highlight the significance and vital need for these spaces for a healthy city life.

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Green Your Lunch campaign in June

Green Your Lunch is turning the tables on boring desk lunches. From June 4th to the 14th, 7 companies will receive free lunches from 7 participating restaurants to be enjoyed in 7 gardens around Beirut. Stay tuned for more pictures from the campaign!

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Green your lunch during Beirut Design Week!

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On World Environment Day, let’s get together and Green our Lunch in Rene Moawad garden, marking the first anniversary of its rehabilitation.

Join Beirut Green Project and Beirut Design Week enthusiasts for a green lunch in Sanayeh Garden on Thursday June 4th during Hamra Day. Program here:
http://beirutdesignweek.org/program-2/

Bring your picnic lunches, friends and good mood and look for us under the coloured umbrellas in the garden to discover new ways in which you can help make Beirut Greener.

RSVP here: on.fb.me/1AHuyMi

See you on the grass!

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