"RECLAIMING THE STREETS"
By placing plants, flowerpots and even benches in front of your house, you claim your space in public. This place is still public, but you create a small area that will improve the transition between public and private space. This is a hybrid space. This space creates a smooth transition between private property and the public. As described in "The City at Eye Level" a plinth is the ground floor of a building. From a sidewalk and human scale perspective, the plinth is a building’s most crucial part. What is your experience when you pass by? A good hybrid zone removes the hard edges and creates opportunities to interact.
More and more cities are starting to realise the value and impact in improving hybrid spaces on a larger scale. Municipalities - usually one of the main stakeholders of this process - have discovered that when you empower a community to take ownership of their public space, sustainable, social and human scale improvements happen. In The Netherlands, many municipalities and organisations have tried to come up with initiatives and policies to support and regulate the concept of the facade garden.
Webpage cover image credit: 1000 Geveltuinen, 2020
Thumbnail image credit: Heijenga, 2020