Location: Bari, Italy
City population: 312579

Project duration: 2011 – ongoing
Scale of the project: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Area of the NBS: unknown
Type of area before: Residental

“The garden of senses”

Il Giardino dei Sensi di Via Argirio

The initiative promoted by the event “Primavera Mediterranea” (Mediterranean spring) transforms the central pedestrian area of via Argirio into an urban park. The project is aimed at rethinking the urban spaces in a green way, as urban gardens are built within the whole central area. The main benefit of the initiative is to give a green view of the city centre, a new dimension of the lived urban space. In addition, workshops and manifestations are organized within the area, to promote also the social and cultural value of the zone. (Ref.1.) The intervention is an initiative taking place every year since 2011, which lasts for days. Private shops, associations and consultancies work together to realise the urban gardens in the main street in Bari. (Ref.1.2.&3.)

Nature-based solution

  • Grey infrastructure with green features
  • Alley and street trees/hedges/greens
  • Allotments and community gardens
  • Allotments

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Social interaction
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Promotion of cultural diversity
  • Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12)
Creation of new green areas, Knowledge creation and awareness raising
Project objectives
The goal of the intervention is to offer the citizens a different vision and perception of urban spaces. It underlines the positive impact of the green areas for recreation, health benefits, and visual impact. In addition, the gardens become public spaces encouraging creativity and cultural activities, thanks to events and workshops too. (Ref.1.)
Implementation activities
The main activities implemented to reach the targets are the creation of thematic gardens, projected by sustainable architects and nursery men, which offer their ideas and competences to the city to realize a center of cultural and environmental relevance. Workshops with the municipality and the artists have been organised in order to decide the location of the intervention, the activties to be implemented and the participants involved. In 2016 there was planted a garden bed cultivated with aubergines, hot peppers and other vegetables, accompanied by that of the "aromatic" with sage, thyme and rosemary.(Ref.2.)
Main beneficiaries
  • Local government/Municipality
  • Citizens or community groups

Management set-up

  • Co- or hybrid governance (with government and non-government actors)

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government / municipality

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
Municipality of Bari = initiator of the project, providing the public space for the intervention and realizing the green area; Private architects and artists = organizing activities, designing and creating the green area; Promoverde Puglia = private company with expertise in gardening, offering consultancy for the project; Community = owners of shops and activities in via Argirio were willing to collaborate with the initiative. (Ref.2.)
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown
Total cost
10 000 - 50 000 EUR

Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority's budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget

Non-financial contribution

Type of non-financial contribution
  • Provision of land
  • Provision of labour
Who provided the non-financial contribution?
  • Public authorities (e.g. land, utility services)
  • Citizens (e.g. volunteering)

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Increased number of species present

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise
  • Education
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature
  • Increased awareness of NBS and their benefits
Type of reported impacts
Expected impacts, Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system

No evidence in public records

Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records
The green event - Mediterranean Spring
Source: https://bari.repubblica.it/cronaca/2019/05/15/foto/primavera_via_argiro-226361046/1/#8
The green event - Mediterranean Spring
Source: https://bari.repubblica.it/cronaca/2019/05/15/foto/primavera_via_argiro-226361046/1/#8