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8 Landscape Architecture Firms Leading the Way in Urban Agriculture Design

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The Nelson Byrd Woltz firm designed the Urban Farm of Charlottesville in a low income area with hopes to create a sense of community, access to fresh food, and to help educate the citizens about nutrition.

“Food Projects in Urban Areas”

By Abbagail Taddei
Land 8
June 25, 2013

Excerpt:

There are few landscape architecture firms today that can say Urban Agriculture Design is on their shortlist of services offered. Most firms are capable of designing a productive space, of course, whether or not they can say they specialize in this area of design is another matter. Below are eight North American Landscape Architecture firms that are leading the way through their own advocacy and stellar Urban Agriculture projects.

3. Urban Edge Studio – Mount Pleasant, SC

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Located within the North Garden area, just behind the brick wall on Bee Street, is the almost half acre MUSC Urban Farm.

Bill Eubanks, the Creative Director for Urban Edge Studio (UES), recently spoke at LaBASH 2013 (a student run conference for students in landscape architecture) about designing urban agriculture. UES specializes in urban walkability, streetscapes, plazas and parks and pretty much anything else to do with the ‘urban-scape,’ and it just so happens that all their design beliefs support urban agriculture as well.

UES has done multiple urban agricultural projects, but one in particular, called the Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Farm (MUSC), they worked on in collaboration with Crop Up. The landscape architectural and urban design skills of UES matched with Crop Up’s educational, inspirational, and planning background, made MUSC Farm a successful design. MUSC Urban Farm stands by the university’s mission to attain healthy lifestyles and to educate people, by adding classrooms, workshops, and food production and educational opportunities.

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1 comment

1 Landscape Architects { 07.03.13 at 2:51 am }

Urban agriculture is becoming more and more popular which is great to see. Getting the community to participate in these types of initiatives is an excellent way of building stronger communities.

Certainly detailed design in this field is a specialty. Great to read this. David