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30 semi-finalists in the Mowing to Growing contest

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Agriculture on freeway banks

Team 1039
Fletcher Studio, USA
David Fletcher, Daniel Phillips, Haley Waterson

Thousands of acres of underused space exist throughout LA. Freeway banks represent some of the most challenging underused terrain in LA.

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July 22, 2010   Comments Off on 30 semi-finalists in the Mowing to Growing contest

The Four Finalists in the Mowing to Growing contest

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Rendering of the Green Deck in action

Kids Farming in the City

Team 1047
Handel Architects with Rachel Kangas and Abbe Futterman, USA
Michael Arad, Rachel Kangas, Abbe Futterman, Cristobal Canas

Kids Farming in the City is a simple gesture that we hope will have profound effects. It is a real project, with all the difficulties, challenges and joys of any building project in New York City. Our true identity is concealed to comply with the restrictions of this competition, but we want to be clear that our project is real, and here and now. It is both utopian and realistic at the same time; we are dreamers with our feet firmly on the ground – or in this case the roof.

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July 22, 2010   Comments Off on The Four Finalists in the Mowing to Growing contest

Winners announced! Mowing to Growing: Reinventing the American Lawn

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Thread Collective and TheGreenest.Net, USA

The competition drew 202 teams and 850 team members from more than 20 countries and five continents

The competition called for technical, urbanistic, and architectural strategies not simply for the food production required to feed the cities and suburbs, but the possibilities of diet, agriculture, and retrofitted facilities that could achieve that level within the constraints of the local climate and conditions. The entries ranged from vertical farms, neighborhood farms, farming on vacant lots and buildings, abandoned infrastructure, front lawns, strip malls, roof tops, river barges and inside trailers. The competition drew 202 teams and 850 team members from more than 20 countries and five continents. It became a big challenge to narrow them down to 30 semifinalists. From there, the jury had a really difficult job to select the finalists. In the end, they decided on two winners that represented two general groups of entries: Design Proposals and Community Proposals.

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July 22, 2010   Comments Off on Winners announced! Mowing to Growing: Reinventing the American Lawn