Growing Together in Urban Gardens: Intercultural Gardening Initiatives in Hamburg and Philadelphia

Authors: Liv Raddatz*, Bryn Mawr College
Topics: Urban Geography, Immigration/Transnationalism, Migration
Keywords: migrant, urban garden, placemaking, intercultural
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8222, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This paper presents the initial findings of an ongoing research project that explores the workings of intercultural/immigrant urban gardening initiatives in Hamburg, Germany and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The broader question underpinning the research is if and how intercultural gardens can contribute to building cross-cultural connections and a sense of community in these two increasingly diverse cities, while simultaneously fostering urban sustainability. Methods consist of semi-structured interviews with individuals involved in intercultural gardening projects in different roles, either directly or indirectly, as well as observations during field site visits of gardens in the two cities. The research suggests that intercultural gardens serve as important non-commodified communal spaces of encounter and placemaking for locals, immigrants and refugees in the two cities that challenge – not always successfully - existing power asymmetries along ethnic, gender and class lines.

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