Coloco is a collective of landscapers, artists, urban planners and botanists that works in various media: they do mapping, physical gardening and advocate for policy, but also participate in a theoretical realm, initiating speculative projects which challenge the way that we think about our cities’ green spaces.
Coloco believes that the landscape is a both a common good and an opportunity for collective thought and action. It is something that can draw together people of diverse backgrounds. In this process, Coloco explores diverse forms of activism, from workshops, to conferences, to active forms of gardening in order to draw together audiences and utilize gardening as a form of community building. Fundamentally, Coloco seeks to create places. Places that can bring communities together, and create new ideas of community among segregated populations.
They begin this process with a humanistic form of community engagement, wherein multiple meetings are held to gather diverse inputs. More than drab project management, their meetings are a form of collectivization, wherein they frequently develop original cartographic and visualization tools to help all participants arrive at a shared project vision.
Ultimately, their executed gardens seek to become a form of transmission – it is intended that the community around the garden continue to maintain it, and that often involves training. Their hands-on process, therefore, is often about drawing out the gardeners in a community, rather than just making gardens.