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

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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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September 15, 2017   No Comments

Permaculture Students Present Design To City Farmer

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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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August 27, 2017   Comments Off on Permaculture Students Present Design To City Farmer

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

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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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August 8, 2017   Comments Off on PIDO’s Bike Share Farm is a community garden that can be pedalled from place to place

Los Angels group announces veggie bus project

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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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July 21, 2017   Comments Off on Los Angels group announces veggie bus project

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

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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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July 14, 2017   Comments Off on Farms in Shipping Containers, and NASA Wants to Launch Them to Space

Gordon Ramsay launches a garden-themed pop up in London

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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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July 13, 2017   Comments Off on Gordon Ramsay launches a garden-themed pop up in London

Pop-up Ping Pong comes to the Vancouver Compost Garden

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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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July 4, 2017   Comments Off on Pop-up Ping Pong comes to the Vancouver Compost Garden

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

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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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July 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Greenhouse in a Train – Design Idea for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway

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

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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

Excerpt:

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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July 2, 2017   Comments Off on Interview: Architect Thomas Kosbau on the exciting future of sustainable design in NYC

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

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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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June 7, 2017   Comments Off on Mapped: Where New York City’s millions of square feet of farmland are hidden

Canada: British Columbia Researcher Opens Her Dye Garden for Tour

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Each dye plant is tested to see if they can create rich long lasting colours when exposed to light or when washed multiple times.

By Esme Hedrick-Wong
June 4, 2017

On May 28th, 2017 Esme, founder of Esme Living Colour, opened her dye gardens and textile studio on Salt Spring Island for visitors. There are over seventy different dye plants and trees in her gardens, including seven different varieties of indigo plants. On display in the studio were silk and silk hemp naturally dyed textiles, shawls and wall hangings. Over 80 visitors came from as far as Europe and Japan. Esme conducted tours for visitors on a beautiful sunny afternoon; followed by a talk on different natural dye techniques that she uses in her work.

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June 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: British Columbia Researcher Opens Her Dye Garden for Tour

Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

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By Junichi.

Ten of us from the Vancouver Urban Sketchers arrived at City Farmer in Kitsilano for a couple hours of careful observation.

Sketcher’s Blog
May 29, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

Vancouver enjoyed warm temperatures and blue skies this weekend. Beaches were packed. Bicycles were busy on the streets and pathways. Shops and patios were full. It was perfect for a quiet afternoon getaway into the garden with a sketchbook . . .

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer

The Food Forest Handbook

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Design and Manage a Home-Scale Perennial Polyculture Garden

By Darrell Frey & Michelle Czolba
New Society Books
April, 2017

A food forest is a productive landscape developed around a mix of trees and perennials. Rooted in permaculture principles, this integrated approach to gardening incorporates a variety of plants such as fruit and nut trees, shrubs, vines, and perennial herbs and vegetables. Food forests can help increase biodiversity, protect valuable habitat for beneficial insects, and promote food security and resilience, all while providing an abundant harvest.

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May 29, 2017   Comments Off on The Food Forest Handbook

Urban agriculture on the rise in Columbia, Missouri

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Click on image for larger file. An ambitious Agriculture Park on the old fairgrounds next to the Activity and Recreation Center and the Columbia Farmers Market.

He told us that the center has been seven years at its current site and last year alone donated more than 7,000 pounds of produce to the food pantry.

By George Kennedy
Missourian
Apr 13, 2017

Excerpt:

It turned out that, along with the exotic nourishment, the 100 or so of us in attendance got a useful reminder that “urban agriculture” is not the oxymoron it might appear to be.

Instead, what that term means for Columbia is, at the moment, a 1.3-acre mid-city cooperative garden and, just over the horizon, an ambitious Agriculture Park on the old fairgrounds next to the Activity and Recreation Center and the Columbia Farmers Market.

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April 23, 2017   Comments Off on Urban agriculture on the rise in Columbia, Missouri

From Moscow: A ‘City Farm’ home appliance

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The city farms are equipped with fine sensors sending all the farm performance and plant growth indicators to the application.

Fibonacci
Krasny Oktyabr, 119072 Moscow

From their website:

The body is completely leak-tight, made of sound eight-layered composite aluminum. You can select out of 9 coloring options.

Regulated «smart» tinting coating of a farm’s glass door enables to turn down the glaring light RainbowSpectrum ™. Tinting coating is controlled with the use of the INTELLIGENT EXPERT application.

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April 16, 2017   Comments Off on From Moscow: A ‘City Farm’ home appliance