“ECObox is a temporary garden constructed out of recycled materials”. It is a series of self-managed projects in the La Chapelle area of northern Paris which encourage residents to get access to and critically transform temporary misused or underused spaces. These projects were initiated in 2001 to create a flexible and reversible use of space. The project also aims to preserve urban ‘biodiversity’ by encouraging the co-existence of a wide range of life-styles and living practices.
Urbantactics began this process by establishing a temporary garden constructed out of recycled materials. The garden, called ECObox, has been progressively extended into a platform for urban criticism and creativity, which is curated by the aaa members, residents and external collaborators and which catalyses activities at a local and trans-local level.
EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2005 the project had to be moved and reconstructed onto a new premises in the 18th district. The advantage of this system is that it is lightweight, deconstructable and compact to transport to other sites.