The city tour leads through the former industrial site of Zurich North, a gigantic construction area from which, however, the urban wilderness has not yet been completely pushed back — or is even on the advance.
The starting point is the Hunzikerareal, where the cooperative Mehr als Wohnen has been realizing its vision of communal living since 2015, with outdoor space playing a crucial role. The open landscape architectural concept of the rather urban squares contrasts with the densely overgrown niches of the community gardens, where different participatory concepts are implemented in collaboration with the ZHAW.
From here we walk to the SRF television studio, next to which a family of beavers settled some time ago and has since cut down many trees in the area and dammed up the Leutschenbach. Here is also the new Leutschenpark, with its so-called “Baumtopf”, a ruderal forest dominated by old black locust trees, which may not be entered because of the high pollution levels and has therefore been virtually walled in (https://zürinord.org/agenda/leutschenpark). Nearby is also the popular Opfikerpark with its huge artificial lake, as well as smaller urban forests and other ruderal sites along the Katzenbach and at the Gleisdreieck Seebach.
Afterwards, the general assembly of the members of ArboCityNet will take place in the Allmendraum Genossenschaftsstrasse 18.
Schedule: 14:00 — 17:00 (city tour), 17:00 — 18:30 (GV ArboCityNet)
Starting and ending point of the city tour: Allmendraum Mehr als Wohnen, Genossenschaftsstr. 18 (back side), 8050 Zürich