Participatory Design of Community Gardens and Self-Built Structures: Lessons from Field Experiences

  • Carolin Mees
Part of the Urban Agriculture book series (URBA)


The eighth chapter presents the author’s field experiences with the participatory design of community gardens and self-built structures by looking at participatory design, construction and use of shared spaces, the involvement of planners in the participatory design process and the participatory building process in general. This is followed by the discussion of the lessons the author learned from my participatory design of the Gardenhaus for GreenThumb in context with the enactment of the citywide regulations for self-built structures in 2007 and the discussion of the lessons learned from the author’s work as a Project and Design Coordinator for the Mayor Bloomberg’s Offices’ Obesity Task Force’s Gardens for Healthy Communities Initiative from 2012 until 2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolin Mees
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  1. 1.BrooklynUSA

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