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Friendly Zone #6. Cabbage Field project seeks to create conditions to voice concerns of civil society and nurture the community as a producer of a better quality of life. It is about building the capacity to act for the growth and development of all people in the neighbourhood.

It is a site specific land reclamation process in a 13,000 square metres derelict and contaminated site in Šančiai neighbourhood. The land was build as an army barracks in the 19th century, used as a military base during Soviet occupation and stayed abandoned since the Independence of the Republic of Lithuania. During the last 2 decades it became a wasteland and a danger to local users, e.g. children, passerby’s and people living close by. Local people do not believe in their own power to claim this site and they mistrust official authorities. The cultural heritage is falling into decline, and with it the indigenous culture of place.

For over a year Gelūnienė and Carroll worked on the Cabbage Field with other collaborators. They had engaged the users of the site, collected their stories and visions, explored the potency of the ground and the needs of different groups of people. During the last summer they have cleared and cleaned one of three military storage units.
They are seeking a small scale physical transformation that would change the image and perception of the site from the negative and hopeless into a promising, creative community development space.

The first and foremost question is how to mobilise people to engage in a cultural action that would shift the identity of the site: from a zone of war production a place that can produce democracy and publicness. How to achieve a long terms sustainable practice that would lead to change and transformation?

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1. Clean a part of the site and one heritage building
2. Engage and establish a platform of local stakeholders to develop ideas for the site.
3. Engage the experts who can respond to the issues of the site.
4. Preserve the reclaimed territory.
5. Appropriate the cleaned site by deploying cultural activities artistic interventions and actions e.g. using artistic commissions and DIT (do-it-together) practice.
6. Create a public space for cultural activities.
7. Organise a symposium about memory, democracy, cultural activism and public space.
8. Organise a workshop with urbanists, architects and groups of local community regarding development of the wasteland.
9. Test ideas visually and prepare a design of the detailed plan of the wasteland.
10. Address local authorities with a proposal how to develop a new public space in the wasteland.
11. Prepare an alternative plan of actions of implementation the transformation of the wasteland, e.g. private investors and stakeholders.