Modern Halifax house features rooftop urban agriculture
The roof top garden beds on their King Street home, in which the Fitzgeralds plant vegetables and herbs, resemble what they witnessed on their journey.
By Jonathan Waddell
HALIFAX — Special to The Globe and Mail
Jun. 18, 2015
She, and her husband and builder, Brainard Fitzgerald, wanted to see how urban agriculture was accomplished in countries where the practice was a necessity. Their rare partnership harkens back to the roots of the profession when architects combined the talents of designer and craftsman.
She proposed to visit countries in Central and South America and Cuba, a place to which Ms. Fitzgerald now takes her students from Dalhousie University School of Architecture.
Suggesting that there was something to learn in countries not usually on any architectural map made Ms. Fitzgerald’s proposal stand out for Toronto architect Janna Levitt, a member of the 2011 peer assessment committee.
“I thought the underlying proposition that these issues, these countries, these considerations are worthy of something as elevated as a Prix de Rome, is something I really felt should be rewarded,” said Mr. Levitt, who is also an adjunct professor at Dalhousie and knows Halifax well.