The Pocket Park

The Pocket Park was initiated to unite people from the community in order to rethink a public space neglected and disadvantaged by seasonal floods. It is a pilot project for a broader program to promote creativity, community linkages, environment and regeneration of illegal urban landfills.

The first phase is a series of multidisciplinary workshops about shared spaces for artists, architects, landscape architects, gardeners, designers, sculptors, welders, graphic designers, sociologists and others. These workshops are open – “with the people for the people” so that local people can explore, learn and experience art as a city-constructive tool. The second phase will consist of a construction of the prototypes of the proposals designed during the workshops.

The project is initiated by the collectif JUMP and it is developed in cooperation with unlimitedJCA. The JUMP regroups artistes, makers and thinkers. The discussions about courageous youth, individual health or resilient cities are their daily bread. They are in daily contact with the local community facing the real problem. But this challenge is not a singular case. There are many other spots in Ouagadougou facing the same problem, or worse. This brings the project to have local impact while giving an example and encouraging the global solution – think globally, act locally! Adapting to the climate change can happen at different scales, from the household level through to major infrastructure – no matter the scale, what is important is to act now.


2016_01______first contact with JUMP members
2017_2019______design and realisation of JUMPHUB
2018_06-8______rain season > difficulties for JUMPHUB construction
2018_09______idea of the Pocket Park project
2018_11______pilot project The Pocket Garden
2020_01______kick-off meeting for the set of workshops called STUDIOs
2020_03______workshop HANDS ON POCKET PARK in Mekelle, Ethiopia > postponed due to the global pandemic situation
2020_04______workshop “Studio TRASH BIN” in JumpHub, Ouaga
2020_05______workshop set “Studio ESPACE” in JumpHub, Ouaga
2020_06______workshop “Studio MOOV” in JumpHub, Ouagadougou
2020_06______TRUST in PLAY – Tournette in Ouagadougou
2020_07______training “Intro VERTE” in JumpHub, Ouagadougou
2020_08______workshop summary “Studios synthèse” (in French)
2020_11______studio HANDS ON POCKET PARK in Mekelle, Ethiopia > postponed due to the conflict in Tigray
2020_10_____prototyping “Studio QG” in JumpHub, Ouagadougou
2020_11_____first open air cinema screening in the space
2021_02_____prototyping “Studio CABINE”, dry toilets
2021_07-2022_09_____labs Beyond One Step One Dream
2022_08_____expanded proposition for the Pocket Park


Jakub Cigler Architekti – Institut Français de Paris (appui aux opérateurs culturel aux Caraïbes et en Afrique) – AMA (Art Moves Africa) –  Trust in Play – Ethiopian Institute of Technology in Mekelle, School of Architecture and Urban Planning

analysis and workshop synthesis

studios in pictures

Pocket Garden in pictures

© 2018


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