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Architect Anne Fougeron’s City of the Future Starts Now


Her vision for a San Francisco 100 years in the future: “People shouldn’t be allowed to come into this world only to starve.”

By Rebecca Firestone
The Architects’s Take
November 23, 2010


Who would do the work to actually run the urban farms? When I first saw the pictures, for some reason it seemed that each urban dweller would be expected to grow their own food in their specially equipped ” Jetsons”-style apartments.

If you believe in capitalism, then you can either take care of your own land or pay others to do it. Some towers would be all agricultural, some would be mixed use and include commercial and residential uses.

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November 24, 2010   1 Comment

Exempt city from Farm Act for better control of urban farms

detroitempty.jpg An old neighborhood in Highland Park, Detroit. Photo by
By buckshot.jones.

Detroit should have the authority to regulate urban farming consistent with prevailing urban needs and neighborhood interests

Free Press
Nov. 24, 2010


Urban farming can redeem a small portion of Detroit’s vacant land for productive use. But local clashes over farming activities in cities like Madison Heights and Sterling Heights reflect a growing problem that could become epidemic in Michigan’s largest city.

To protect residents, local control and neighborhoods, state law must exempt Detroit from the Michigan Right to Farm Act, as provided in a bill introduced by state Rep. Gabe Leland, D-Detroit.

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November 24, 2010   1 Comment

Designing “Edible Schoolyard New York” P.S.216 with Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Foundation

ESYNYC Announces the Grand Opening of the Garden at P.S. 216.

A conversation with Dan Wood, the WORKac architect about design, food and cities

By Alexandra Lange
The Change Observer
Nov. 17, 2010


Dan Wood and Amale Andraos founded WORK Architecture Company in New York in 2003. Since 2003, their research and teaching have focused on paired questions about ecology and urbanism, food and design. They first explored these issues in three dimensions with their winning entry for the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program in 2008: PF1, or “Public Farm 1,” a reinvention of the summer pavilion as a working farm made of cardboard tubes. The process of putting that installation together is the subject of the small book Above the Pavement, The Farm! Architecture & Agriculture at PF1, published this year by Princeton Architectural Press.

As a result of that project, they were hired to design the first Edible Schoolyard New York with Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Foundation. The first phase of the schoolyard opened in October at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn. WORKac’s more architecturally ambitious kitchen classroom and mobile greenhouse will go into construction in 2011.

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Milwaukee alderman to introduce ordinance allowing chickens in city limits


Hens could provide family with weekly supply of eggs

Ted Perry
FOX6 Reporter
November 23, 2010

Those who grow their own tomatoes will tell theirs are better than store bought. People who raise their own chickens say they same thing about their eggs. The difference is you can legally grow tomatoes in Milwaukee, but the same can’t be said for hens.

As the mother of two children, Jessica Lane has pretty good wrangling skills. Just not always good enough to round up her other little ones. Lane is the proud owner of three chickens.

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