The key to improving the lives of people in large cities is urban agriculture. Several initiatives in Curitiba and throughout Brazil are being engaged with the objective of transforming the spaces of cities. The participation of the population and the private sector are fundamental for the sustainability of a social project, because as cities grow, social responsibilities also increase.
This concept is called Urban Reaction, and is carried out through a partnership between HAUS (Gazeta do Povo) and Reurb (Civil Social Organization of Public Interest – Oscip), with the support of the Curitiba Agency. The companies aim at a method for urban rehabilitation in the areas of Vale do Pinhão, in Curitiba.
In addition, another intention is to make the region a kind of “laboratory”, where social and cultural projects can be developed. The First Urban Reaction Laboratory of Vale do Pinhão is one of the actions already carried out by the movement, where specialists in urbanism gather to share ideas and knowledge, aiming at improving the region, with tactical urbanism projects and various other actions with the population.
The objective is to make the community mobilize to transform the urban landscape in a positive way, as it happens in several places in the world, where this type of project is implemented and well engaged, with social participation in the development of degraded areas, making a good use of so-called “empty spaces”.
Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.