From Garbage to Gardens
Medellin’s 50-meter high rubbish dump in Moravia was spontaneously populated during the 1960’s. It quickly became Medellin’s most densely populated neighborhood and, with it’s dire living conditions, was considered a national embarrassment.
On the field trip, you’ll see what changes Moravia has seen since then, while you learn about the greenhouse and gardens, the community center, and the ongoing social changes from the perspective of a community leader.
Reaping a Social Harvest
Of the hundreds of thousands that fled the Colombian countryside in the 1970’s, many ended up living in informal settlements in mountains just outside of Medellin.
One of these hillside settlements is now the 13 de Noviembre neighborhood, home to the Greenbelt EcoGardens. On this field trip, you will learn how the EcoGarden project incorporate food production into the city, in addition to providing jobs and allowing schools to establish healthy meal programs.
From Chaos to Harmony
Medellín has converted 13 of its water tanks into community centers called UVAs. This field trip will take you to one of them, called la Armonía, in the Manrique neighborhood.
You’ll see how the rapid development of these neighborhoods, and the modification of the water tanks into community centers, has affected the perspectives of the locals. There’s also the chance to eat typical food and interact with a local social project.
Pathways for life
During times of violence in Medellin, “Invisible Borders” referred to the no-pass zones between neighborhoods that prevented free travel around the city.
On this field trip, we visit a former “Invisible Border”. We discuss the challenges the neighborhood faces, and the projects that are working to improve the infrastructure and quality of life of residents.
Ayacucho / La Sierra
Social integration strategies have connected not only territories but also people from different neighborhoods in the city. Metrocable and Tram are part of the mobility and urbanistic development.
In this field trip you will see how urban, artistic and cultural strategies come together to reinforce the sense of belonging in Medellín.