Category — Design
“We need to rewrite the textbook on local housing and food supply chain,” says Kongshaug. “Food, housing, jobs and affordability are intrinsically related.”
By Anya Georgijevic
Special to The Globe and Mail
Nov. 19, 2015
The eight families occupying the Maison Productive House in Montreal’s Pointe–Saint-Charles neighbourhood enjoy freshly picked produce year-round without having to step foot off the property. The building, completed in 2010, features a rooftop greenhouse that residents use to grow everything from lettuce to watermelon. Architect Rune Kongshaug, principal and founder of Produktif Studio, based in New York and Montreal, conceptualized the design as a carbon-neutral, self-sufficient structure, and it’s among a mere sixdozen residential buildings in Canada certified as LEED Platinum.
November 25, 2015 No Comments
Agrihoods are popping up like peppers coast-to-coast. The Cannery, near Sacramento, has a 7.5-acre farm. Prairie Crossing outside Chicago is anchored by a 100-acre farm.
Nov 22, 2015
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He was nervous about urban sprawl, and decided to develop a community his way. Today, Serenbe has 1,000 acres. Its clusters of homes are surrounded by walking trails and horse stables. But at the center of it all: 25 acres set aside for agriculture.
“The first 20 lots that I priced were sold in 48 hours,” said Hygren. “And the next group [was] sold in about six weeks. So I realized that there was actually the market demand for what we were talking about.”
November 23, 2015 No Comments
Designing a unit that would increase food security in cities, lower the ecological footprint of food production, create jobs and easily adapt to changes in the urban landscape.
By James Clasper
Nov 9, 2015
In terms of production capacity, Kjaer and Markussen envisage two models. For independent businesses looking to sell herbs and micro-greens to restaurants and markets, the farm could produce nearly 3 tonnes per year. A larger, community-driven project – for example, one seeking to produce vegetables, leafy greens and fruit for distribution to schools, kindergartens and nursing homes – could expect to produce up to just over 6 tonnes per year.
November 20, 2015 No Comments
The Home Gardening and Nutrition training material was made by FAO in partnership with the Lesotho Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) and all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group (NGOs, UN agencies and Government institutions)
By Elizabeth Tsehlo
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Two different tools were produced: posters and handouts.
For trainer’s use (teachers, extension staff, NGOs), 400 kits combining the four posters and a portable stand have been produced in PVC A0 size (200 in Sesotho, 200 in English).
For communities, students, farmers and public in general, 60,000 kits of four handouts each have also been printed in A1 size (30,000 in Sesotho and 30,000 in English). These handouts include the information provided in the posters and additional related information on the reverse side of each handout.
The handouts have been distributed to approximately 300 schools (primary and high schools), and are being distributed to all 68 agricultural Resource Centres in Lesotho. Copies are also given for free to all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group including various ministries, institutions, university, UN agencies and NGOs. FAO Emergency and Resilience Programme beneficiaries – 18,500 vulnerable farming families in total – will also receive one kit through the resource centres.
November 3, 2015 Comments Off on FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’
Architect Thomas Chung’s award-winning green growing space in Shenzhen was inspired by Hong Kong’s Central district rooftops
By Peta Tomlinson
South China Morning Post
Oct 13, 2015
The project’s design inspiration came partly from an emerging global trend whereby city dwellers are reconnecting with the hands-on experience of growing crops as a means of offering a more secure, accessible food supply.
“Besides pointing to an attitude and lifestyle change, it’s about experimenting with what can be done with hitherto untapped land resources, such as on rooftops, terraces and balconies, inside parks and under flyovers,” Chung said.
October 22, 2015 Comments Off on Rusted-out Shenzhen factory reborn as a thriving urban farm
The new outdoor space in Red Hook, Brooklyn, was developed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) as a prototype to be replicated on at least five other sites, as part of their Urban Agriculture Initiative.
Real Estate Weekly
Oct 12, 2015
The farm is a built representation of thread collective’s work in urban agriculture, green infrastructure, and resiliency, and serves as a site of education, job training, and community engagement. In this way, it is the opposite of the urban “food desert” and a source of knowledge and economic vitality.
The landscape design overlays existing, informal pedestrian paths over the east-west orientation, optimal for growing fruits and vegetables, yielding a dynamic pattern of planters and gathering spaces.
October 20, 2015 Comments Off on Red Hook West Urban Farm part of Archtober design festival in New York City
An artist’s impression of the proposed garden bridge. Photograph: EPA. Link to larger image.
It has seemed impervious to criticism up to now, but is the flawed fairytale plan to build a forest across the Thames finally beginning to wither?
By Oliver Wainwright
Oct 1, 2015
It has been damned by the worthies of St Paul’s Cathedral, drawn thousands of signatures of public opposition and been slammed by Labour’s next London mayoral candidate but, like some undead zombie forest intent on haunting the Thames, the garden bridge just won’t go away.
Or will it?
October 18, 2015 Comments Off on London’s controversial garden bridge
In 1800, more than 75% of the American population made their income directly or indirectly from agriculture. Today, that percentage is approximately 2%, and less than half of those actually make a living wage from their farm.
By Levi Gardner
Oct 6th, 2015
Drive through the city to see abandoned lots with a “For Sale” sign, and you are faced with a fascinating conundrum. Inquire from a real estate agency the value of that property and they will de facto respond with its financial value. They may value the property with its worth as a building, a parking lot or green space. But they will likely not respond with its worth with any other metric than one that has a dollar sign attached to it.
October 14, 2015 Comments Off on The different facets in the relationship between urban agriculture and placemaking.
“In order for urban food production to have staying power, there has to be a real commitment and dedication to it from all perspectives—from people who are developing the buildings, the planning departments, the politicians.”
By Steve Holt
Oct 5, 2015
At the Stack House Apartments in Seattle’s now-trendy South Lake Union neighborhood, residents can walk out onto a terrace and pluck a tomato right off the vine.
In the South Bronx, an 8,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse atop an affordable housing development is creating jobs and food for the residents below—along with cooler summers and warmer winters.
October 13, 2015 Comments Off on The Newest Odd Couple: Real Estate Developers and Urban Farmers
California developer Core Companies’ plan for a mixed-income community, featuring a 1.5-acre, “agrihood” urban agriculture space
By Kim Slowey
October 1, 2015
California developer Core Companies’ plan for a mixed-income community, featuring a 1.5-acre, “agrihood” urban agriculture space, was selected by the Santa Clara City Council, despite Core’s proposal being less financially viable than others, according to city officials.
Core’s development would also include 165 affordable senior rental units, 160 market-rate rental units — with 16 restricted as affordable for moderate-income households — and 35 market-rate townhomes. Core has proposed paying the city $15.5 million for the land on which it will build the market-rate housing portion, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
October 7, 2015 Comments Off on Urban farm’ concept wins in battle for Santa Clara property development
Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms
Both cities — while much different in size — share the same latitude and a population that is “environmentally oriented,” McClintock says.
By Jennifer Anderson
Sept 15, 2015
Eight PSU graduate students took eight Canadian graduate students to meetings and site visits at some of Portland’s best-kept secrets: urban gardens that have sprouted in recent years to help fight hunger, empower low-income residents, educate children, and give youth and adults access to healthy food right in their backyard or neighborhood.
It’s fascinating stuff for planners, since it is a byproduct of gentrification in hot spots like Portland, says Nate McClintock, the PSU assistant professor who spearheaded the student exchange.
“Essentially, urban agriculture arises where there’s vacant land, cheap land, a low market rate or wherever food justice activity pops up,” McClintock says. “So many of these projects produce food to address the so-called food desert.”
September 21, 2015 Comments Off on Portland State University gave their counterparts from Montreal, Canada, a grand tour of the City’s urban farms
Afterhouse wants to grow the city’s urban agriculture sector by putting vacant buildings to use.
By Jon Zemke
Aug 25, 2015
The Detroit-based company, which calls the Banglatown neighborhood just north of Hamtramck home, is working to take the worst of the worst when it comes to blight and turn them into new urban farming hotspots. The idea is to raze the building and turn the leftover basement into a subterranean greenhouse.
Steven Mankouche and Abigal Murray are partnering to get Afterhouse off the ground — or under it, really. Murray was inspired to launch the venture after seeing subterranean hoop houses in South America.
September 2, 2015 Comments Off on Afterhouse turns blighted buildings into urban agriculture hot spots in Detroit
The farm will be 7.4 acres and will include a teaching center for sustainable farming.
By Karin KloostermanKarin
August 13, 2015
Urban farming is in the air and California is setting an example by creating the first American housing project of its kind with an urban farm built intentionally in the center of the community. The farm will be 7.4 acres and will include a teaching center for sustainable farming. Some 547 new homes have been built around the farm.
This is no straw bale hippy paradise, but fulfilling the dreams of mainstream urbanites who want the pleasures of big, single dwelling homes with access to fresh, local, organic produce.
August 14, 2015 Comments Off on California builds first farm-to-table new home community
The project intersects issues of urban transformation, architecture and urban agriculture with an international cultural event, and explores the possibilities of urban farming in the city and how it can be integrated in urban planning.
By Mihai Andrei
Aug 3, 2015
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Value Farm is a collective effort farming effort developed by Thomas Chung, together with Tris Kee and Chi Fai Fung; together, they transformed an open area within Ole Bouman’s Value Factory from an abandoned industrial facility into a green, vibrant and useful project. Projects like this one could go a long way to greening highly urbanized areas, involving people to engage in collaborative, healthy and relaxing work, and encouraging them to eat local food.
August 4, 2015 Comments Off on Former factory in China repurposed as massive urban agriculture facility
The project is aimed at promoting awareness of the potential of urban agriculture among citizens.
PR News Wire
July 20, 2015
The Conserre is a container that was transformed into a demonstration garden in which various vegetables, fine herbs and edible flowers were planted on July 7. The project is aimed at promoting awareness of the potential of urban agriculture among citizens. The Conserre will remain at the Vendôme metro station until the fall of 2015. Every week, community education workers will be on site to maintain the garden and answers questions from citizens.
July 25, 2015 Comments Off on Unique urban agriculture container used for demonstration garden in Montreal