In Venezuela Barrio, Recycling a Broken McDonalds Playground into an Urban Farm

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In Venezuela Barrio, Recycling a Broken McDonalds Playground into an Urban Farm In Venezuela Barrio, Recycling a Broken McDonalds Playground into an Urban Farm
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In Venezuela Barrio, Recycling a Broken McDonalds Playground into an Urban Farm

by Adele Peters

April 14, 2013

The designers decided to work with a school they'd been introduced to in the community, build a small garden there, and hope that it would catalyze more projects. McDonalds had donated a broken jungle gym to the school, and parts that couldn't be played on turned out to be perfect to recycle into planters. Larger pipes became composting containers, and were filled with biodegradable waste from the playground. The different colors of the jungle gym's tubes became a color code to help assign classes or students to take care of particular plants. 

This is the sort of small intervention that could help have bigger benefits. The designers say:

It is hoped that this project not only provides a sustainable source of food, but also impacts the general standard of food consumed within the barrio. This was not a highly designed and planned intervention, it was simply making use of the scarce resources available and trying to produce something meaningful for the children that could impact their everyday lives.

Photos courtesy of Natalya Critchley and Rogue Architecture

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