Terrains relationnels : le sol comme ressource productive partagée

Translated title of the contribution: Towards relational grounds : soil as a shared productive resource

Anais Chanon, Federico Diodato, Francesca Garzilli

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Soil is an essential, non-renewable resource that contributes to basic human needs, food pro-duction, water cycles, and is a major biomass reserve. Soil care is essential for sustainable de-velopment. Yet the anthropogenic sealing of soils, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous threats for our environment, continues to increase. Beyond its dramatic ecosystem consequences, soil sealing, which envisages soil as a nondescript surface, also leads to a spatial, social, and temporal disconnection between soil and inhabitants. In this context, how can we establish practices that allow for a durable, long-term relationship between human activities and soil?

The post-industrial city of Glasgow, whose strata were first exploited and then erased by successive authoritarian developments, is a fascinating terrain to reflect on the complex relationships between inhabitants, land care, and sustainability. This paper proposes to reveal the strat-egies implemented by a local ecosystem of performative and participatory practices operating within Glasgow's vacant and derelict land.
Despite their fleeting nature and modesty, these catalytic practices open up avenues for recon-sidering the role that soil could play in land use planning as a permeable layer and shared productive resource. This network of practices foregrounds soil as a mediator and contributes to renewing the way in which we think about soil in our contemporary cities.
Translated title of the contributionTowards relational grounds : soil as a shared productive resource
Original languageFrench
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Jan 2023
EventSOL(S) EN PARTAGE: Le sol comme milieu, ressource et mémoire - La Chaise-Dieu , France
Duration: 6 Oct 20218 Oct 2021


CityLa Chaise-Dieu
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • soilless
  • sealed soils
  • participatory practices
  • vacant and derelict land
  • commons


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