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Small Urban Gardens / Маленькие урбанистические сады

Small Urban Gardens / Маленькие урбанистические сады

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The following pages illustrate unique solutions that range from gardens that grow vertically to those situated on rooftops or between adjoining walls. These examples demonstrate how the garden today, more than ever, has come to signify a means of warding off the effects of fast-paced urban living, providing a space in which to slow down, relax and enjoy silence in the midst of a city's bustling activity. The urban context tends to create a series of complex conditions that can often be resolved in a subtle manner through the simplest of solutions. Beyond the advantages provided by an isolated garden, their existence in great numbers within intermediate spaces generates microcosms that improve the quality of life of city dwellers. Generally discreet and somewhat problematic, they are often characterized by the lack of space, fertile soil or light, factors that frequently translate into the formation of oppressive borders and an overwhelming presence of concrete over vegetation. Far from being useless, however, these spaces can be transformed into urban gardens that manifest great doses of ingenuity in the face of such shortcomings. In short, by turning flaws into virtues, gardens are created where they initially could not exist. This book also serves as proof that gardens are not solely restricted to the wealthy or those in possession of large terrains, but to anyone who longs to recreate natural processes within in their own private space. To achieve this, gardens are often reduced to a minimum, or suggested through the use of symbolic allusions.

The strategies employed by designers around the world today provide us with a myriad of practical solutions and demonstrate how gardens can be incorporated even into the most nomadic of lifestyles bound by concrete and asphalt.