Hidden in the city of Buenos Aires lies a green oasis called Velatropa. Ten years ago, a landfill was occupied by local activists and students who during the years turned it into a refuge full of trees, bioconstructions, greenhouse and a garden plot. The community aims to be an example of a lifestyle between urban and rural, reconnecting people in the city with the nature. On a regular basis, the community arranges interdisciplinary workshops, environmental education and festivals where the main activity is to plant trees together. The use of money is minimized with an intention to cultivate what one consumes and exchanging goods and knowlegde.
Placed on an occupied no man’s land, the community is in a constant danger of eviction by the government. That is why they call themselves “the vanguards of rebellion”: “The authorities and people outside think we are destroying, but the truth is exactly the opposite - we are building something new.”