ABOUT THE PROJECT
The garden of School no. 136 in the Ferentari neighborhood of Bucharest has been arranged by the Komunitas Association in partnership with the French organization L’armoire Urbaine and the “Landscape Factory” association, in several stages.
1. In June of 2009, at the end of the participative urbanism workshop titled “Our city – our decision”, we decided, along with the pupils involved in the project, to build furniture for the yard of School no. 136 – where there was no place you could sit. We organized a workshop along with the pupils, students from the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism from Bucharest and the “Landscape Factory” Association. Together we built a few benches, personalized them with various shades of paint and installed them among the flowers planted by pupils .
2. In July of 2009, within the urban education project “Closer to the future” we organized the graffiti-painting of one of the metal fences that surrounds School no. 136. After we obtained permission from the school administration, we contacted some graffiti artists, who were willing to paint, along with the schools pupils. The intervention was a huge success, confirmed by all the pupils of School no. 136 and, while it was happening, attracted many other youth from the neighborhood, who came to get informed about this activity and even to propose similar projects in their respective areas. The artists who have painted on the school fence are called Serm and Kero.
3. Prior to the intervention, we held in School no. 136 a series of educational workshops about what urban and street art mean in the experience of the city; the pupils had viewed photographs of street art from various European cities: Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, London; we discussed about the role of urban art in the cities of the present.
4.In the spring of 2011, “L’armoire Urbane” association coordinated the “Garden 136” project. An interdisciplinary team made up of French and Romanian landscape architects, anthropologists, students and pupils of the school designed a vast plan of complete arrangement of the garden of School no. 136. Fruiters and flowers were planted; wooden urban furniture objects were constructed (cubes, a long table for open-air lessons, a ping pong table); educational workshops for the school’s pupils were held, during which they learned about elements of landscape design.