Duncairn Gardens Unfinished Business
Description of chosen placeAs far as I understand, it's an extensive outdoor exhibition of building material, foundation technique and basement layouts: a fine variety of walls and fences, renewed to perfection a few years ago and now handed back to the urban wilderness.
What do you imagine the space could be?As these grounds are situated on one of my main walking routes connecting North Belfast to the city centre, one thing is obvious: The area needs bins. Giant bins!!! Many giant bins to accommodate all the litter from the streets, walkways and forgotten spaces nearby (the front garden next door… those sad looking bridges at Yorkgate…). So, as much as I would have liked to come up with a phantastic, funny, weird, megalomaniac idea – first of all I would use these foundations to build a centre for environmental action and education.
With a climate community café open for everybody; outdoor film screenings using the big house wall on the upper end; space for environmental projects, workshops (how to make and decorate your personal reach extender), repair shops, clothes swaps – and bins for separating all the trash, which these foundations seem to be predestined for (with a roof on top it won't get too smelly).
From now on, every other Saturday will be “Happy-North-Belfast-Litter-Picking-Day”, a social, fun event to gather, to learn and to make new friends in the local community. Whoever picks up the most, will be litter king*queen of the day. Everyone welcome to join!
Submitted byKathrin Popp
February 19, 2023