LambiChampi (for Ania)
At the 1994 latvian independance, the soviet army left Karosta ( KARA OSTA : war harbor ), one of the military soviet quarters on the Baltic coast in Latvia. By leaving Karosta, they provided to the town Liepaja a new potential area for town development. During the chaotic first years of independance, Karosta turned quickly into a ghetto with high-rated criminality and unemployement. For the last years, this situation got better. Still, social and economical issues need to be improved.
Labichampi ( Labi : well, good ) is an Exyzt proposition for the Karosta neighbourhood. Aware that a political strategy has already been engaged for a ten year period progressive destruction of the old soviet blocks, we reacted to the current local issues with a short-term project.
We propose therefore to develop a prototype of a micro urban farm. It should be able to supply alternative ressources of the whole neighborhood in terms of local food production and potential incomes.
Among the alimentary habits and cultures in Latvia, the mushroom culture seems the most adapted to micro urban farming.Thus the creation of a Karosta informal mushroom company. The urban farm project should be a sustainable and shared activity that would incite local inhabitants to participate and get involved with their environment.