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Artist: Trystan Mitchell, St Austell, United Kingdom

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By Trystan Mitchell
From his website

I’m an illustrator and sometime paper toy nut living and working in Cornwall and I’ve scribbled and scratched away at one surface or another ever since I realised I could do more with a crayon than chew it to a satisfying gooey pulp.

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May 31, 2016   No Comments

Regen Villages – Door-step high-yield organic food production

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socspFood production and social spaces. Social spaces are created between the buildings to ensure a complete integration between food production and the housing units. Click on image for larger file.

The first ReGen Village pilot community is to be developed in Almere in Netherlands, with 100 homes breaking ground in this summer of 2016

Excerpt from their website:

Energy positive homes. Door-step high-yield organic food production. Mixed renewable energy and storage. Water and waste recycling. Empowerment of local communities. These are the five pillars of a new visionary concept for self-sustaining urban eco-communities – ReGen Villages.

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May 30, 2016   No Comments

Ikea’s Clever Kit Makes Indoor Farming as Easy as It’ll Get

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The Krydda/Växer line are the result of some dovetailing trends: (1) More people live in urban areas in small apartments and (2) more and more, people like to know where their food comes from.

60 percent of survey participants grew plants indoors, be they vegetables or flowers. Gardening was more common in Shanghai, where the number is 75 percent.

By Margaret Rhodes
Wired
05.20.16

Excerpt:

It’s no surprise, then, that Shanghai is where Ronnie Runesson, a senior product developer at Ikea, came up with the company’s new line of indoor gardening kits. Runesson, who is Swedish and has worked at Ikea for 33 years, recently spent three years in the company’s Shanghai office. While in Shanghai he visited with other product suppliers, and saw several small, indoor units where office workers grew their own lettuces and herbs.

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May 25, 2016   No Comments

Expedition agroparks

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Research by design into sustainable development and agriculture in the network society

By Peter J.A.M. Smeets
Wageningen Academic Pubishers
2011 Pages: 320

This book is the result of several years of expedition into the development of metropolitan FoodClusters. The author’s fascination for the agricultural landscapes in and around metropolises led him to the conclusion that improving the efficiency of agriculture is the most effective way to safeguard the quality of such landscapes. The wasteful modes of production developed in the past 150 years have led to a serious decline in both the surface area and the quality of the highly valued landscapes.

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May 24, 2016   No Comments

Agrihoods take root: a housing trend rooted in agriculture

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The Cannery, a community designed around a small farm in Davis, about 20 miles west of California’s capital, Sacramento.

By Michelle Locke
The Associated Press
May 17, 2016

Excerpt:

Master developer The New Home Co. was looking to build a neighborhood, not just homes, and market research showed that people wanted to connect to community. So “it made lots of sense to take this 7.5-acre piece of property and turn it into an urban farm, have that be the focus point,” says Kevin Carson, New Home president.

Residents can sign up for a weekly box of produce from the farm, and no matter what their level of participation they get to feel part of something, says Carson. “They can see the pumpkins being harvested or the tomatoes being planted or the different seasons that happen on a farm.”

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May 22, 2016   No Comments

There are chickens outside the Cleveland Convention Center?

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The sustainable farming project outside the Cleveland Convention Center includes chickens, bees and pigs.

By Cory Shaffer
cleveland.com
April 16, 2016

Excerpt:

The animals are part of a sustainable farming project the convention center’s food vendor has run since April 2014, spokesperson Dave Johnson said.

The project started with Levy Restaurants executive chef Matt Del Regno keeping three beehives in a dirt lot nestled between the convention center’s ballroom and railroad tracks just south of the Shoreway.

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April 21, 2016   Comments Off on There are chickens outside the Cleveland Convention Center?

“Sky farm” – World Architecture Festival Awards Jury

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“Its geometry can also be adapted depending on the Earth’s latitude and the amount of sunlight available. In cooler climates, a double skinned enclosure and heating could be added to create optimum growing conditions.”

By Architects at London-based architecture firm Roger Stirk Harbour and Partners

Skyfarm proposes an alternative to the typical land-intensive farming systems. A vertical farm, it is designed to produce crops in multi-storey structures within high density urban areas or where there is insufficient land or poor quality soil. The multi-storey tensegrity structure (isolated components in compression delineated by prestressed tension members) is made of light bamboo to create a rigid circular frame and maximise sun exposure onto the farm. These towers support several layers of agricultural cultivation and an aquaponics system that enables the growth of crops and fish together in a re-circulating system; nutrients derived from fish waste are fed to the plants and the plants provide filters for the fish to thrive in.

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April 17, 2016   Comments Off on “Sky farm” – World Architecture Festival Awards Jury

Toward Sustainability: Novelties, Areas of Learning and Innovation in Urban Agriculture

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The described novelties include approaches to enhance the positive impacts of practicing agriculture within urban areas, and some of them have the potential to contribute to societal change and open up opportunities for social learning processes.

By Ina Opitz, Kathrin Specht, Regine Berges, Rosemarie Siebert and Annette Piorr
Sustainability
Vol 8 Iss 4
Apr 1, 2016

Abstract:

Given the search for new solutions to better prepare cities for the future, in recent years, urban agriculture (UA) has gained in relevance. Within the context of UA, innovative organizational and technical approaches are generated and tested. They can be understood as novelties that begin a potential innovation process. This empirical study is based on 17 qualitative interviews in the U.S. (NYC; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago, IL, USA). The aim was to identify: (i) the most relevant areas of learning and innovation; (ii) the drivers of innovation; (iii) the applied novelties and their specific approach to overcoming the perceived obstacles;

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April 15, 2016   Comments Off on Toward Sustainability: Novelties, Areas of Learning and Innovation in Urban Agriculture

InfoGraphic: Guide to Gardening and Landscaping

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Complete infographic here.

According to 2012 research, close to half of Americans gardened within the past year. Avid gardeners total
at more than 164 million enthusiasts in the US.

By Tricia
SodGod
2016

We want to inspire people to get outside and give back to the environment through gardening.

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March 21, 2016   Comments Off on InfoGraphic: Guide to Gardening and Landscaping

This Billboard In London Doubles As A Vegetable Garden

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Sitting on a street corner in the central London neighborhood of Lambeth, the new billboard has a community garden built into the base.

By Adele Peters
Fast Co-Exist
03.18.16

Excerpt:

Clear Channel Outdoor, which owned the billboard, realized that a new design could help and turned to Wildstone, urban space designers, to make a plan. “Our design team came up with the idea of actually trying to green the site,” says Philip Allard, chief operating officer of Wildstone.

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March 19, 2016   Comments Off on This Billboard In London Doubles As A Vegetable Garden

Could Urban Farms Be the Preschools of the Future?

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A group of architects proposed a new design to help raise environmentally responsible kids.

By Eillie Anzilotti
City Lab
Mar 7, 2016

Excerpt:

Under the distant gaze of a city skyline, cows and chickens wander through rows of sprouting vegetables; clear glass greenhouses dot the periphery. It sounds like an ordinary urban farm, but on this particular site, the wardens are toddlers.

The farm, Nursery Fields Forever, is the vision of aut- -aut, a group of four architects hailing from Italy and the Netherlands. Their proposal for a preschool on an urban farm took first prize at this year’s AWR International Ideas Competition; the challenge centered around designing a nursery school model for London.

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March 14, 2016   Comments Off on Could Urban Farms Be the Preschools of the Future?

Bios Urn, a biodegradable urn designed to convert you into a tree after you die.

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The Bios Incube has been designed for city dwellers with limited access to natural land, those seeking an alternative to traditional burials, and for people who want to meaningfully connect with their loved ones who have passed away.

From Kickstarter:

After several years of working on the Bios Urn – a biodegradable urn designed to turn you into a tree after you die, – our team has designed a new product that will help us bring the Bios Urn to more people, creating a meaningful experience for us, and the environment.

Bios Incube is the first system that lets you plant your Bios Urn close to you, and combines the insights of tree growth with data from its environment. Depending on the type of tree, the Bios Incube will water it accordingly.

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March 8, 2016   Comments Off on Bios Urn, a biodegradable urn designed to convert you into a tree after you die.

Groundfridge – the ultimate root cellar

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The company claims the storage capacity is comparable to that of 20 standard refrigerators, meaning it can hold up to 500 kilograms of food.

Designed by Floris Schoonderbeek
Award winner 2015
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpts:

Before fridges and electricity existed, digging a hole in the ground was just one of the many ways people went about preserving their perishables. Despite taking its cues from this old method, the Ground Fridge still feels like a fresh idea.

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March 7, 2016   Comments Off on Groundfridge – the ultimate root cellar

New York: Imagining a Huge Rooftop Farm Atop Bushwick’s Rheingold Brewery

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See all stunning conceptual renderings by Radd here.

The Raad Studio designed renderings are only conceptual and the developer is yet to file plans for the site

By Tanay Warerkar
Curbed
Feb 29, 2016

Excerpt:

Renderings for a building at the site of the former Rheingold Brewery in Bushwick reveal a rooftop farm that would have been the city’s largest, Brownstoner reports. Alas the renderings are only conceptual and developer, Read Property Group, has yet to file plans for the building that will come up at 930 Flushing Avenue.

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Proposed for India’s new Jaypee city, an urban farming eco-neighborhood, called Hyperions

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Design: Vincent Callebaut in collaboration with agroecologist Amlankusum

By Lucy Wang
Inhabit
Feb 22, 2016

Excerpt:

Topped with a glass bioclimatic domed greenhouse and clad in solar panels, each tower houses a mix of programming, from business incubators and coworking spaces to student housing and larger apartments. The living areas are integrated with the farming spaces, which the architects say can produce 20 kilos of organic fruit and vegetables per square meter (4 pounds per square foot) that would be sold through local fair trade shops.

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February 22, 2016   Comments Off on Proposed for India’s new Jaypee city, an urban farming eco-neighborhood, called Hyperions