In an age of intelligent, creative, sustainable cities…of fictional places where urban realities are crushed by injunctions and larger scales, how can we give a place to observations made at ground level, to the strength of the living and the attachments which nourish us? In other words, how can we give a place to what could be referred to as “urban ecologies”? Recent studies carried out in Brussels kitchen gardens have given us numerous avenues to explore in relation to this.

Chloé Deligne is a senior scientist and head of research at the FNRS (ULB)
Benedikte Zitouni is a professor of sociology at the Faculty of economic, social and political sciences and communication at Saint-Louis (Saint Louis Faculties Brussels)