Kilbirnie Pop-Up Garden

The Urban Research Lab: Edible Cities focuses on the complex relationship between food, cities, and urban design, with a particular emphasis on how urban design can contribute to the development of a more sustainable urban food system. The Lab aligns with the recent Wellington City Council ‘Towards 2040: Smart Capital’ strategy that sets out a vision for a more socially connected and innovative eco-city. Working with WCC and local communities we use the city as a living laboratory in which to test out more sustainable or resilient urban design strategies.

The Kilbirnie ‘pop-up’ garden was installed on Council land as a local food collaboration between neighbor-hood gardeners, Lyall Bay School, Wellington City Council and Massey University. This project was differentiated from the City pop-up by the engagement of local gardeners who assisted in the planting and maintenance of the gardens at the planting party and led on-site gardening sessions. A planting party and garden workshop were held on site as part of the range of community engagement activities. The project tested out a potential design strategy for a site that Council is currently considering redevelopment options.

Project leader: Amanda Yates

Team (Alphabetical order): Oliver Blair, Tom Huggins, Wendy Neale, Sandy Pawson