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Egypt Turns to Urban Agriculture to Revive Historically Powerful Sector


An Egyptian farmer collects the cotton harvest at a farm in al-Massara village near the Nile delta city of Mansura, north of Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki)

Egypt is turning to urban agriculture by establishing its first agriculture city in the southeast part of the Qattara Depression, northwest of the country, as part of efforts aimed at reviving a sector that goes back to the time of the pharaohs.

By Menna A. Farouk
Egyptian Streets
November 6, 2017

Excerpt:

The $US 10 billion agriculture city will span an area of 311,400 acres and will be established under the supervision of the Korean Arab Company for Economic and Cultural Consultancy. The city will host 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants. It will also include the planting of water-saving strategic crops, the establishment of fish farms and feed factories.

“The city will be a great bellwether [for] the agriculture sector. It will provide thousands of job opportunities for young people and will achieve self-sufficiency from a number of strategic crops,” Hamed Abdel Dayem, spokesman of the Ministry of Agriculture, told Egyptian Streets.

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November 12, 2017   No Comments

Japan: ‘Digital Vegetables’ – Art Installation That Aims To Puts Residents Back In Touch With Their Gardening Roots

The exhibition encourages visitors to touch the greenhouse’s seven different vegetables, including cabbages, mini-radishes, carrots and tomatoes. A touch detection system fires off a light and music show that’s different for each vegetable.

By Steve Dent
Engadget
Oct 30, 2017

Excerpt:

A Tokyo creative lab called Party has created an art installation that aiming to puts residents literally back in touch with their gardening roots with a digitally-enhanced greenhouse installation called “Digital Vegetables,” or “DigiVege” in Japan.

The greenhouse is situated in Tokyo Midtown’s garden space as part of the 2017 Design Touch event. The exhibition encourages visitors to touch the greenhouse’s seven different vegetables, including cabbages, mini-radishes, carrots and tomatoes. “Start off by touching the seven types of lives now growing strong in the soil,” the instructions say.

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Rebuilding Iraq: Proposed 3D-Printing ‘Farming Bridges’ To Regenerate War-Torn Mosul

The farms and orchards will be irrigated by water from the Tigris river. All images © Vincent Callebaut architectures

The stacked housing units conceived by Vincent Callebaut are covered with urban farms and agricultural fields.

By Isabel Narea
DesignBoom
Oct 31, 2017

Excerpt:

This would not only guarantee food autonomy to inhabitants, but also excellent thermal inertia to the built environment. the farms and orchards are irrigated by water from the tigris river, and plowed by archimedes screws. Furthermore, gray water from bathrooms and kitchens is recycled and filtered by plants in lagoon waterfalls connected with the river. biomass composters feed the orchards and vegetable gardens suspended in biological fertilizers.

Titled ‘five farming bridges’, the concept puts forward the construction of affordable and adaptable bridges topped with modular housing units. The inhabited bridges are seen as a strategy to rebuild a new city over the ruins of the old one. to address the shortage of affordable housing, the bridges would be 3D printed using debris from war ruins, creating more than 53,000 homes.

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Fashion Industry Fights to Save New York Community Garden

Elizabeth Street Garden was the perfect backdrop for Stella McCartney’s Resort ’15 presentation.
Photo: Rex Features.
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Elizabeth Street Garden – Little Italy’s Most Romantic Garden

By Eileen Townsend
Vogue
October 23, 2017

Excerpt:

On a warm fall afternoon, when the garden is open to the public, it’s not uncommon to find glamorously appointed Nolita-ites Instagramming themselves in the bushes. The garden’s romantically cluttered pastiche of sculpture and untamed greenery makes an ideal site for a windswept photo-op. The garden has recently hosted a slate of high-profile designers and magazines: Lela Rose used the garden to premiere her Fall 2018 bridal collection, while U.K.

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Detroit Cultivator: A Six-Acre Civic Commons Is Coming to Detroit’s North End

The rendering of Oakland Avenue Urban Farm’s iconic “Yellow House” headquarters (image courtesy Akoaki)

The Detroit Cultivator is an “urban plan in which food production, cultural activity, and civic assets work together to reactivate a locally rooted economy.”

By Sarah Rose Sharp
Hyperallergic
Sept 27, 2017

Excerpt:

The project, called the Detroit Cultivator, was made in collaboration with the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm (OAUF) and its chief cultivator, Jerry Hebron. After almost two years in the planning, it will create a six-acre civic commons. Supported by a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund, the Detroit Cultivator is an “urban plan in which food production, cultural activity, and civic assets work together to reactivate a locally rooted economy,” according to Sirota. The organizers hope to raise $2.5 million to support the full realization of the project.

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Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: The Benefit of Nature in High Density Urban Areas


We must keep every scrap of nature in and around our cities. Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.
– E.O. Wilson in The Biophilia Hypothesis (1984)

By Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Project Director
and Deanne Manzer, Project Researcher MLA
and Kaitlyn Gillis, Project Advisor
June 26, 2017
(Must see.) Mike

Excerpt:

Greening Strategies

– Every home within a 5 min walk to a greenspace
– Restore or enhance 25ha of natural areas
– 30ha of additional public park – 20,000 trees planted
– 200 public greening projects
– 100 ha of green roofs and
walls, including 33 ha dedicated to urban agriculture
– 200 ha of skyrise greenway (1/2 the size of Stanley park)
– 400km of park connectors – 0.8ha of parkland / 1,000
residents

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Permaculture Students Present Design To City Farmer

Leaf inspired moveable shelter.

New ideas for implementation included; solar energy, water catchment, earthquake preparedness, soil building and climate change.

By Carla Hick, Kazusa Nakajo, Raul Hollmayer, Sarah Leigh
Permaculture Design Certificate
UBC class of 2017, Instructor James Richardson

A small group of students from the Permaculture Design Certificate class of 2017 was assigned to create a permaculture design for City Farmer. They observed, interacted, assessed the influencing forces and suggested a plan. The attached document reveals the hard work and innovative designs for City Farmer. The permaculture principles that guide this type of design are:

1. Consider relative location
2. Each element performs many functions
3. Each element is supported by another
4. Efficient energy planning
5. Use biological resources
6. Cycle energy, nutrients and resources

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PIDO’s Bike Share Farm is a community garden that can be pedalled from place to place

Beijing architecture firm People’s Industrial Design Office has designed a mobile farm that lets the community share responsibility for crops’ wellbeing.

By Emma Tucker
Dezeen
Aug 7, 2017

Excerpt:

Bike Share Farm – which was created and built by People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) during a 72-hour hackathon in Seoul, South Korea – addresses the lack of space many major cities suffer from, particularly when it comes to room for growing produce.

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Los Angels group announces veggie bus project

The veggie bus is an old bus that will be reclaimed into a mobile classroom, plant nursery and seed library

Recycling Today
July 14, 2017

Excerpt:

“The veggie bus is a bright, inspiring endeavor for our volunteers to get involved in a hands-on project that has direct benefits for the local community in South LA,” says USGBC-LA Executive Director Dominique Hargreaves. “Urban agriculture is an important facet of sustainable communities and this project is at the intersection of urban ag and sustainable building.”

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Farms in Shipping Containers, and NASA Wants to Launch Them to Space

A NASA concept image with an indoor Mars farm that looks something like the inside of a Leafy Green Machine.
NASA

This Boston-based sustainable agriculture company grabbed NASA’s attention along with Elon Musk’s brother, Kimbal.

By Alice Sweitzer
Popular Mechanics
Jul 7, 2017

Excerpt:

If we built farms in space, they’d look nothing like the vast wheat fields of Kansas. But they just might look something like urban farms being used today—modular closed-loop hydroponic farms, actually. These compact, efficient grow houses could be the life-giving answer to keeping astronauts fed, a solution The Martian’s Mark Watney could only dream of. The idea is less science fiction than you might think, too.

Freight Farms, based in Boston, is trying to revolutionize the global food system with its Leafy Green Machines. These shipping containers filled with racks of planted crops, grow lights, and environmental control systems can be installed anywhere in the world and make fresh produce available in even the densest urban neighborhoods.

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Gordon Ramsay launches a garden-themed pop up in London

The Greenhouse is a private dining room for two.

Inside diners sit among pots of fresh herbs, below hanging baskets of strawberries, and alongside overflowing wheelbarrows of root vegetables.

Insider City Guides
Times of London
July 7, 2017

Excerpt:

Simply called The Allotment, the pop-up is on the top floor of Ramsay’s restaurant and hopes to encourage more people to grow their own produce. Entering from the ground floor bar, diners ascend two flights of stairs and arrive at the open plan dining area. At the far end of the room, by the sweeping bar and large television screen, is The Allotment.

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Pop-up Ping Pong comes to the Vancouver Compost Garden


Ping-pong has the unique ability to create a conversation between two people through the action of play.

The concept by Ellie Arkin and Renée Miles
Frida&Frank
2017

At Frida&Frank we want to change people’s perspectives on public space, mostly through new experiences and by focussing on creating playful and social ties with and within spaces. With the concept Pop-Up Ping-Pong: The Tables Have Turned we invite people to get involved in redesigning public spaces, which touches on an important aspect of our vision; public space is a playground for people. The design of spaces could be in the hands of people using the space more, and that’s why we want people to turn that table with our concept. Through offering the possibility to create a ping-pong table out of several pieces of wood, participants will experience a sense of belonging and ownership as well as form social ties to the space.

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Canada: Greenhouse in a Train – Design Idea for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway

We actually ended up winning the Audience Choice Award for the most exciting project

Post by Iva Jankovic
Her Blog
July 1, 2017

Our final project challenged us to come up with a conceptual redesign of a park space by applying principles of biophyllic design, prospect-refuge theory, and environmental psychology, with the goal to maximize public health benefit.

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Interview: Architect Thomas Kosbau on the exciting future of sustainable design in NYC

To see food, community gardens, and urban agriculture become such a priority is a litmus for how important it is to the world.

By Emily Nonko
6ftsq
June 26, 2017

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ORE’s latest project—and the one Kosbau feels best embodies his design philosophy—is Farmhouse, a sustainably-designed, minimalist community venue and kitchen for the city organization GrowNYC. The Union Square building features a live indoor growing area, fully-functioning kitchen, and a design inspired by the traditional geometry of the American barn. Kosbau and GrowNYC have continued their partnership to design a massive Bronx agricultural distribution center for the organization, to be called FoodHub. When it opens, the building will employ the city’s first closed-loop, entirely organic energy system that utilizes self-purifying algae blooms generated by rainwater. The system, of course, was designed by Kosbau.

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Mapped: Where New York City’s millions of square feet of farmland are hidden

Click on image for larger file. Source: Columbia University, UDL, Farming Concrete, Thread Collective, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research

At about 2 million square feet, Queens County Farm in Floral Park is by far the Big Apple’s biggest.

By Frank Chaparro
Business Insider
05 Jun 2017

Excerpt:

In the 2017 edition of its annual TransformingWorld Atlas, which uses maps to illustrate global economic, political and investment trends, Bank of America Merrill Lynch included a map of the five boroughs and their numerous farms, greenhouses, and community gardens.

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