The Existing Infrastructure

“Anyway, if you start thinking from what is common, you also produce a certain freedom in the other things. So for example you design this [...], and the rest around is quite a bricolage. But bricolage is also, to certain extent, life.”

- Freek Persyn, Architect and Professor for Architecture & Urban Transformation

In the northern part of the Zuricher plot on the Thurgauerstrasse West there are the remains of a former infrastructure that was linked to gardening, agriculture and horticulture. The most evident example is the double greenhouse that is also visible from the main street. These infrastructures border the Schrebergärten and community spaces of the Grubenacker neighborhood. The surrounding infrastructures are the heritage of a gardening company and a former farm. The neighbors appropriated some of these spaces for gardening and small-animal farming. Fresh eggs are laid by the hens that live in this spaces.