After weeks of brainstorming sessions, meetings and construction, the “ESUS 310: Placemaking: Creating Sustainable Urban Spaces and Communities” students officially opened the first ever urban garden of Perugia. Located in the Borgo Bello neighborhood, the “Orto Bello” or “Beautiful Garden” aims to create a social network by stimulating the local community to take care of the garden together. Hopefully, this will result in a revival of the area.
The urban garden consists of craftily constructed “mobile veggie planters” that were strategically placed in a space along a more neglected street of Perugia. By the end of the semester, the class was able to give back to the community while gaining a sense of citizenship and becoming more than just students abroad.
The class and the project made it also on the local newspaper as well as on an nation-wide Italian online publication dedicated to ecology and urban development (Eco dalle città).
Check out also the project Facebook page OrtoBello.