Gardens on the Edge

1.9.2013 - 31.10.2014
Istanbul, Budapest

Ertuğrul Akgün – TAKSAV/Foundation for Social Research, Culture and Art (Istanbul/Turkey)
Daniella Huszar – KÉK Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Center (Budapest/Hungary)

The project aimed to bring together, document and compare different urban agricultural fields in Istanbul, Budapest, Beirut, and Athens. Activists from Leonardo Community Garden, Boutros Orchards, Eliniko Gardens, and Save Beirut Heritage met for a joint workshop in Istanbul on August 28-September 1, 2014. During the workshop, they shared their experiences on agricultural traditions and techniques. At the end of the workshop, films documenting the endangered urban agricultural fields were produced.

The project’s website serves as a platform that aims to connect civil society initiatives across Europe and the Middle-East dedicated to the preservation of green infrastructure in urban landscapes and horticultural heritage. The website presents a number of case studies about communities from different geographic and cultural contexts who are striving to defend the urban green areas ranging from century old domestic gardens to hundreds of hectares of urban forests.

A research visit was also made to Beirut on November 9-12, 2014 within the scope of the project.



Supporting Organizations: Boutros Orchards Beirut, Leonardo Communirt Gardens Budapest, Eliniko Gardens Athens, Save Beirut Heritage Beirut.


Films’ mastheads:

Istanbul Dream_Impressionist videos on Istanbul, 2014, 1*47’52’’

Director: Ertuğrul Akgün

From Beirut to Nowhere, 2014, trailer, 4’5’’
Yönetmen: Panos Aprahamian