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Sill to Sill – designing a city farm shop

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The design seeks out and reuses discarded timber sash windows, relocating them playfully across the facade of the new shop.

By Benedetta Rogers, Lucy Paton, Julian Bond, Sigrid Bylander
Work finished in 2013
Client: Hackney City Farm

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The Sill to Sill design was the winning entry for an Architecture Competition held by Hackney City Farm, an environmental charity based in East London.

The competition brief called for the design of a new plant shop, fruit and vegetables, encouraging applicants to explore construction techniques using recycled materials, buying in to the Farm’s sustainable ethos and demonstrating the potential of urban waste as a building material. The team drew their inspiration from the architecture of the local neighbourhood, defined by streets of Victorian terrace houses with their imposing brick facades and generous sash windows. In recent years these homes have been bought up in a wave of gentrification and as new owners move, builders get to work, improvements are made and old materials are discarded.

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December 28, 2013   Comments Off on Sill to Sill – designing a city farm shop

Boston’s Higher Ground Rooftop Farm’s John Stoddard and Courtney Hennessey

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“We are only using a portion of our leased 58,000 square feet, so our goal is to grow into our unused space.”

Greenovate Boston
Dec 11, 2013

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After working for three years to get the farm off the ground, John and co-founder Courtney Hennessey enjoyed their first growing season in 2013. And the community enjoyed it, too– Higher Ground Farm not only satisfied the taste buds of their customers and volunteers, but also attracted the attention of Greg Watson, the MA Secretary of Agriculture, who paid the farm a visit himself. As Higher Ground is a great model for urban farming, and John and Courtney also participated in providing feedback into the Boston’s Urban Agriculture Rezoning Initiative (Article 89).

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December 28, 2013   Comments Off on Boston’s Higher Ground Rooftop Farm’s John Stoddard and Courtney Hennessey