Soil & Soul International Projects
In 1991, California-based artist and architect James Hubbel and Milenko Matanovic, artist, community-builder and Pomegranate Center founder, piloted Kuchumaa Passage, a design-build project in Tecate, Mexico along with architecture students and other volunteers. This was the first in a series of parks/gathering places in different Pacific Rim countries: Mexico, Russia, and China. Typically these projects took four to six weeks of intensive work with architecture students from different countries. The process began with trust-building among the participants, listening and learning from the land and the culture of people living there, proceeding with a marathon construction effort, and ending with a community celebration where community members take ownership of the gathering place.