Action day: Urban space

During a second action weekend, young men from the pilot quartier Bene Baraque met to breathe new life into old tires by painting them for urban greening. The colourful tires were installed along the central street in the quartier and planted with ornamental plants. The tires help delimit areas which are being used for urban gardening from the newly created promenade, as well as indicating which areas are safe for walking during the floods. By reusing tires in this way, the community is reflecting on and implementing methods for recycling waste to enhance the quality of life in their quartier.

Music certainly makes the work easier. The chef du quartier of Bene Baraque is part of the action.

Aïssatou Amy from the international organisation IAGU (Institut Africain de Gestion Urbaine) joins young men collecting stones and learns about the project’s participatory approach.

The stones are from demolition waste. The big ones will be used to frame the street, the small ones for decoration and any leftovers will be made into embankments. Both the community and local enterprises are interested in creating value from waste in this way.

After a first life in Europe, these second hand tires were used on trucks in Senegal...

... Now in their third life, they are being transformed from waste into flower pots.

The blue rope will be used to draw the demarcation line for the sports field.

Colourful tires are ready to be installed along the street and planted with flowers.

Simple but effective: the promenade is created.

After the action day: The first people to use the promenade!