October 16, 2021

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Búda Ecological Center in Syar nad Héronom Noyes

An environmental and community center called BÚDA is being created in iar nad Hronom, which is a civic response to the ongoing climate crisis. It is located behind the center OZ MYesto, which was established during the first wave of the epidemic. It was established after several years of operation of several informal communities, through which various community and cultural activities were carried out in the city.

Although the scope of OZ MYesto is broader (sustainable and community development, education, health, culture and art, value promotion and social change), the BÚDA Environmental and Community Center has now become its central and long-term project. BÚDA will be built on the premises of the former ice cream parlor in iar nad Hronom, while you can contribute to its reconstruction through The current campaign in Startlab.

The Environmental and Community Center is a volunteer project of four women who, as they say, have great support from their men, children, friends or other enthusiasts. Camilla K. Bitova from OZ MYesto told us more about BÚDA in an interview.

It is building the BÚDA community center out of a former ice cream parlor. Why did you choose this thing?

The idea of ​​using this particular space was older when we were in community activities like ž Yarovki They mapped the unused places of the city and tried to show their potential. We’ve always seen her in that ramshackle situation, and we’ve dreamed of turning it around. When we started doing swaps under the podium in the city in 2019 swap Žiar nad HronomGradually our clothes started to loosen up and we started thinking about where to store them and how to make more swaps. Caught us a lot.

Initially, we were basically just looking for storage space and this came to us as one of the possible alternatives that we decided to explore. We contacted the owners who were at the back. At some point in that time, we joined the Envirogrants Program. The project “We are building a building” came out and provided the opportunity to create not only a warehouse, but also a small ecological community center. Gradually, the dream began to come true.

Construction of the former ice cream parlour, from which the BÚDA Ecological Community Center will be established.

Photography: OZ MYesto

What did you notice during the reconstruction of the building? Will it have any environmental properties?

Our vision is to create an inspiring, eco-friendly space. Ecological reconstruction in our case means that asbestos has been removed from the original stand, and the new construction uses mainly birch and onyx, while wood is a renewable raw material, has excellent building properties, is weatherproof, and was more emotionally pleasant to him. for us. The most acceptable material. Therefore, we chose Atelier and HAUS Workshop, which mainly work with wood, to carry out the renovation. In general, we try to ensure that all materials used are not harmful to the environment, and some, for example, are waste. We will also strive to achieve maximum energy efficiency, which will be supported by the reconstruction itself.

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The cladding of the building will have the function of a vegetative wall, in which the sides of the building will be covered with climbing plants. The building will also be equipped with a green roof, which is currently selected and implemented. Both components are considered as climate change adaptation measures in the urban environment. We also apply this approach in the revitalization of the yard, where BÚDA is located, which we are implementing in cooperation with the municipal government within the project that we are cultivating BÚDUcnosť. We have already transformed the old sand pit into an aromatic fragrant community, serving not only people but also pollinators 🙂 During October, we plant new trees and shrubs in the form of hedgerows or other plants. The green spaces and the beautiful environment around the building are very important to us.

Envision the BÚDA Environmental and Community Center.

Envision the BÚDA Environmental and Community Center.

Photography: OZ MYesto

Was the vision and creation of the Environmental Community Center inspired by some similar projects in other cities, both in Slovakia and abroad?

We were not inspired by anything specific in inventing BUDA, this is a very local and “bottom-up” idea that arose out of the specific needs of our community. The slogan “Think Global, Act Local” is probably the best description for us, because we are inspired by many other ideas, which we then adapt to our local context, our possibilities and our needs. In general, our model is community centers in their own right, independent cultural centers. We are passionate about various concepts with a social dimension, as well as practices, procedures or activities used in climate or feminism, etc. BÚDA will make every corner a little bit and it might not be easy to categorize, but it is unique.

Envision the BÚDA Environmental and Community Center.

Envision the BÚDA Environmental and Community Center.

Photography: OZ MYesto

What activities do you plan to do inside the community center?

We want to organize regular exchange, i.e. exchange of clothes, shoes, books, toys and plants, as well as exchange of clothes and other things. We will make collections of various materials, textiles, or even clothing or equipment for specific people or organizations. We currently have a running collection of spoiled umbrellas, from which we will sew “raincoats”, which are recycled bags made of waterproof fabric. Within BÚDA, we plan to set up a community recycling workshop, where we will have a sewing machine and other materials at our disposal. Outside, we’ll try to run a so-called public locker.

An important part of our activity is environmental education, which will happen somewhat informally, through public events that come our way, such as. Workshops, presentations, exhibitions, lectures and discussions. We are gradually dependent on cultural overlap. Even before the end of the reconstruction, on October 2, we are organizing an exhibition on trees with the theme of life in cotton, which is closely related to the textile, clothing and fast fashion industry, and is covered by Fairtrade Czech Republic and Slovakia. We have a symbolic opening scheduled for October 22, the day of the global climate strike. These are short-term, up-and-coming plans. We are currently devoting our time and energy to the ongoing campaign StartLabe, which mainly focuses on co-financing the reconstruction within the professional work, because it is the most expensive part of our activities. Right now, we do others voluntarily and freely in our spare time, as well as our families, children, and jobs.

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Various swaps will also be organized at the BŮDA Centre.

Various swaps will also be organized at the BŮDA Centre.

Photography: OZ MYesto

Is the city of Chiarnad Haroun cooperating in this project in some way? Does he support it?

The municipal government is our direct partner in the project WE PLANT BUILDING, where we will jointly revitalize the yard in BUILDING. From the very beginning, the city has expressed its support and helps us in all possible directions. In general, our self-government is largely supportive of “green” causes and enjoys our civic activism. We often have to explain to people here that the city does not cover us and we are not an urban project. We do really well with such an open door and we’re very grateful for that, because we know that’s not the case in every city.

You mentioned that Chiar nad Hieronum has become a smart green city. What factors made it?

We believe that the city has an excellent professional background in these subjects, we are more active than experts in this regard. Žiar focuses on long-term waste management, we have a well-developed waste collection system and there is a unique waste recovery center. Now the city has received great support for green roofs, storage tanks and rain gardens, which will be implemented on selected buildings in the city, which is great. In general, the municipality is very interested in the green spaces of the city and is trying to make it more and more. It is absolutely necessary in this concrete jungle of our own.

OZ MYesto wants to literally transform BÚDA and its immediate surroundings into

OZ MYesto wants to literally transform BÚDA and its immediate surroundings into a “green oasis”.

Photography: OZ MYesto

What do the residents of the surrounding apartment buildings say about your project? Do they welcome it?

We have been actively communicating with the surrounding neighborhood community, as we call the people who live near BÚDA, since the beginning. We are in contact with the heads of housing associations, we inform people about the activities and our ambition is their direct participation in the activities of BÚDY. We were actually able to partially achieve this while taking care of herbs. We’ll see what the future holds, but people stop and look forward to rebuilding the kiosk and not destroying the city, even though they may not fully understand what’s going to happen there. We will call them.

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Herb.

Photography: OZ MYesto

How will you finance the operation of the kiosk itself after the start of the project?

Paradoxically, the operation of the house will not require significant costs, only these are required especially for reconstruction. We set only a nominal rent, and the costs will be spent only on electricity consumption, which we will connect after choosing a supplier. We expect to be able to cover this up, for example, from event entries. We also depend on the activity of the project, which will be developed in terms of content and thematic needs, as well as links and partnerships, whether within the city, region or Slovakia. In the foreseeable future, we also want to solve the water supply connection connection. It is also planned to create a function or places, but this is still the music of the future. So far we volunteer and this freedom and independence suits us.

Various swaps will also be organized at the BŮDA Centre.

Various swaps will also be organized at the BŮDA Centre.

Photography: OZ MYesto

What do you want to achieve with the community center? What is its purpose?

In the narrow sense, in the building we want to create a basis for the local circular system, so that the building becomes for us, as well as for the residents of the city and the region, one of the constant alternatives to obtain clothes for themselves, children, loved ones and people to consider the possibility of replacing already used clothes, donating, repairing or buying before Buy a new piece. We believe that working in the current system of resource management is no longer possible in the long run, and the separation of linear economic ties is not only a necessity, but also our duty to future generations and the planet. There is no planet b.

So, in a broader sense, perhaps our goal is to change thinking, because that is the basis of everything. We will use our own example to motivate and inspire, introduce new “green” themes to the region and gradually “normalize” the different concepts related to a sustainable lifestyle. It may sound cliched, but we really want to be the change we want to see in the world. And we start with each other.

Envision the BÚDA Environmental Center.

Envision the BÚDA Environmental Center.

Photography: OZ MYesto

If money is raised in your crowdfunding campaign, when would you like to start the project?

Building It will be opened as soon as it is practically usable. Because the campaign is designed to co-fund reconstruction, it only takes the coming days and weeks to open WELL to the world. It is possible that some final work will go in parallel with the procedures. We are really looking forward to it and the people in it!

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