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Why choose to "do it yourself" or "grow it yourself"? In essence, these movements are a re-introduction (often to urban and suburban dwellers) of the old pattern of personal or communal involvement and use of skills or other resources, thus contributing to a more sustainable way of life and greater well-being. Repair cafés, urban gardens, DIY/GIY workshops are all becoming commonplace in many countries across Europe. See below for a better idea of the types of local initiatives being carried out by citizens and communities seeking to be more environmentally-friendly, avoid waste (e.g. of food, skills, public spaces) and improve their quality of life overall.

Examples

Bring and Fix

Author: Philippe Granger/Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-06-04 07:39 -

Bring & Fix events are intergenerational community fairs where people share their skills and knowledge freely with each other to 'fix' problems (material and non-material), recycle and reduce waste. The aim is to stimulate sustainability and contribute towards generating resilient and empowered communities in the locality.

The London Orchard Project

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-10 08:54 -

Urban fruit for urban communities – developing a skilled community of Londoners to plant, care for and harvest fruit trees, thereby connecting urban communities and increasing access to fresh fruit.

Bretz'selle

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-03 14:23 -

Bretz'Selle was born around a simple idea: to promote the use of bicycles by learning how to repair bicycle in self-repair workshops.

Ciclofficina La Granata

Author: alessandra sciurba - Published At: 2013-04-26 12:46 -

Since 2008, in Padua, a collective of students, housed in a building owned by the municipality which had been unused for a long time, started a bike repair workshop, which also has a coffee service, a bar, a small kitchen and a public internet point with a free wi-fi hotspot

Living Architecture

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-04-25 08:17 -

Living Architecture articulates the vital link which exists between architecture and life. This synthesis of abstract and physical considerations has shown itself in practice to be an ideal means to address many of the demands of modern life, particularly how to live ‘sustainably’.

Start a Repair Café

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-04-19 12:57 -

THE REPAIR CAFE CONCEPT IS SPREADING AROUND THE WORLD!

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they're all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera.You will also find repair specialists such as electricians, seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle mechanics. Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café.

Tlandhuis

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-04-19 09:00 -

SHARING OCCUPIED SPACES: A BIOLOGICAL GARDEN

The Garden of Eden Project

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-04-12 12:31 -

The Garden of Eden Project is one way to help your community take local action towards local and global environmental improvement. One tangible way to address climate change is to plant trees. Not only this, it is an opportunity to bring a community together to design and create a common project that is eco-friendly, sustainable and will give back to the community in years to come.

Urban Gardens in Rome 2 - The Eut-Orto Project

Author: alessandra sciurba - Published At: 2013-04-03 07:42 -

In September 2010, some workers of the corporation Eutelia Information Technology in Rome, after having been made ​​redundant as a result of the crisis that hit the company, decided to create an urban garden community cultivating 3000 square meters of land owned by the Province of Rome, for consuming and selling agricultural products, thus continuing to work together and maintaining the visibility of their dispute for the workplace.

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