Shipping Pallets Grow Community

#27. Shipping Pallets Grow Community

Vacant spaces at 56 Sainte-Blaise transformed with neighbours, 2007 – 2008 © aaa

Construction site

Two ‘social construction’ projects directed by the atelier d’architecture autogérée for neighbourhoods in Paris that lacked green space.
ECOinterstice: An energy-independent recycled construction garden and building inserted in a paved alley between two buildings in the Sainte-Blaise neighbourhood of Paris 20e, this “participatory garden” includes mini-plots for local residents and is designed as a continuous construction site programmed by the community.
ECObox: A warehouse in the La Chapelle neighbourhood, transformed into a community garden. Recycled shipping pallets were laid on the pavement and filled with dirt to create a soil bed. Residents selected their own plots and the building was opened for community events.
Atelier d’architecture autogérée is a French collective who seek to activate neighbourhoods through social construction projects.


Atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa), DPVI, APIJ, OPAC; Borderphonics; RDS; Bordercartographe; city residents

Location: Paris, France, since 2007

Tools: Shipping pallets, construction scraps, dirt, seeds