The construction work of the Agrocité at Gennevielliers is progressing well!
The facade is finished now and the interior starts to come alive!
The 7th of February we had the pleasure to welcome visitors from the School of Architecture of Sheffield.
The students of Design studio ‘Anthropocenes’ had the possibility to visit the construction site of the Agrocité in Gennevilliers covered in snow.
Despite of the cold weather, we kept on working at the construction site of the Agrocité in Agnettes!
Last wednesday we built a dry-stone wall consisting out of reused stones which we had collected from different construction sites in the surrounding area.
The reconstruction of the Agrocité in Gennevilliers is ongoing. Rialland Carpenter entreprise already stood up the structure on its stakes, installed the floorboards, posts and beams and even one part of the roofing! We received the straw bales that will serve for the insulation and many curious inhabitants are stopping by to ask if there’ll be some animals. Yes! Hens!
Friday Novembre 3rd took place the first permaculture atelier on Gennevilliers site with Catherine Tran who taught us a lot. We planted on the part reserved for the future individual and collective patches; avocado tree, rosemary hedges, portuguese cabbage, and even an pineapple plant.
Friday December 1st we inaugurated the construction site with inhabitants from the neighborhood and other cities, representatives of Gennevilliers city hall and from the different entreprises working on site. This reunion gave us the opportunity to explain the Agrocité’s principles and activities to newcomers.
Many new ideas and initiatives gathered again around the construction, which strongly motives us!
R-Urban strategy has been voted by 1022 European citizens to receive the European Price of Innovation in Politics in the category Ecology among 700 projects nominated by an experts collective. The Prize was awarded on December 6th, 2017 within the framework of a Gala organized in the great Hall of Vienna’s city hall.
R-Urban is a grassroots movement for ecological transition. It proposes to enhance the local capacity of urban resilience by building networks of hubs that valorise local resources and support alternative models of living, producing and consuming. R-Urban provides tools, training and resources to facilitate citizen collaborations. More than an environmental and social innovation project, it is a political project. Indeed it proposes an innovative model of civic resilience involving citizens, organisations and municipalities and scaling it from neighbourhood to further levels
Since 2011, R-Urban initiated a series of Transition hubs in partnership with municipalities and local actors of several town in the region of Ile-de-France: Colombes (until 2015), Gennevilliers and Bagneux. Simultaneously, another R-Urban hub was developed by Public Works in London. Other partnerships in France and Europe are in progress actually.
R-Urban received several prestigious international awards (Zumtobel, EIB Social Innovation) and was laureate of the 100 projects for the Climate supported by the COP21 and the French Ministry of Ecology.
This new distinction honours us but, at the same time, recalls us that the global crisis is still here, without any real solution, and that more time passes, more we’ll not be able to stop anymore irreversible changes.
We are working with R-Urban network to multiply the dynamics of ecologic citizen transition and we call on politicians and decision-makers, institutions and medias to support us with this collective undertaking, to preserve a livable planet and a democratic society.
The reconstruction of the Agrocité in Gennevilliers is ongoing. Rialland Carpenter entreprise already stood up the structure on its stakes, installed the floorboards, posts and beams and part of the roofing! We received the straw bales that will serve for insulation and many curious inhabitants stop by on their way by to ask if there’ll be also animals at the farm. Yes! Worms and Hens!
R-Urban collects funds to cover the legal action against the Mairie de Colombes who threat with eviction Agrocite/R-Urban to build a temporary parking.
Here is the crowdfunding campaign website: http://fr.ulule.com/saverurban/
Any contribution, whatever the amount, is very welcome! Together we will win!
R-Urban is shortlisted to become one of the
«100 projects for the Climat» http://www.100projetspourleclimat.gouv.fr/en/projects/676-r-urban-network .The program is launched by Ségolène Royal, chair of COP21, to speed up the emergence of citizen-led initiatives to combat global warming.
Citizen are voting now to confirm out of the 591 shortlisted project the 100 most innovative solutions that will be enabled by COP21 to be developed.
Your VOTE will save the RURBAN project and help it to be supported by COP21 !
You can vote here: http://www.100projetspourleclimat.gouv.fr/fr/projects/676-r-urban-network
Many thanks for confirming on rurban.colombes (at) gmail.com and please share our call with your networks!