Category — Design
The UK Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens is currently working with Hull City Council to explore the potential for a city centre farm as part of Hull’s City Plan.
By Adrian Fisher, Mark Cleaver
Rooted in Hull
A unique visitor attraction farm, growing project, café and shop that is entirely mobile to be situated on a development site in Hull city centre adjacent to other key visitor attractions in an area being developed for leisure and tourism.
The key attribute and uniqueness of the project is that it will be designed to be structurally mobile and self sufficient in all features including services such as power and waste. Mobility is an essential part of the project allowing it to make the most of vacant development sites in the area as an “in the meantime” site use.
December 8, 2013 No Comments
A curated set of tools for growing food in the city
Excerpts from their website:
Foodscape is the flagship suite of products by Urban Commons.
It empowers people to connect with food by making it easier for them to grow food together in their neighbourhoods, at work, and other places of social gathering.
We are all part of the local food system and Foodscape enables us all to create social change through shared experiences around food.
December 7, 2013 No Comments
Vessels concocted from former advertising banners, concrete and plastic
By Megan Backhouse
Sydney Morning Herald
November 28, 2013
Composed of edible plants growing out of vessels concocted from former advertising banners, concrete and plastic, this living exhibit will be tended and harvested over the next four months as part of the wide-ranging exhibition, Melbourne Now.
Devised by the design consultancy Urban Commons, the installation is both an ephemeral art piece and a practical demonstration of the ways in which edible gardening can foster community ties.
December 6, 2013 No Comments
SeaLeaf is a modular hydroponic unit that can grow vegetables while floating like a buoy. Four former students at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London, designed the new system of growing produce with this challenge in mind. Instead of relying on fields, it uses oceans.
A team of engineers has designed a hydroponic module that could shift urban farming from the rooftop to the sea.
By Sydney Brownstone
Oct 24, 2013
Students at the Royal College of Art and the Imperial College, London, Roshan Sirohia, Jason Cheah, Sebastiaan Wolzak, and Idrees Rasouli, have created SeaLeaf, a modular hydroponic unit that can grow vegetables while floating like a buoy. The team has demonstrated in at least one test that it can grow seven to eight yields of bok choy a year, while conventional farming only produces two or three. Because 18 of today’s megacities currently sit on coastlines, the team envisions a network of climate-resilient SeaLeaf farms that can feed millions of people. In theory, the farms would only be as far as a kilometer from the nearest pier.
October 29, 2013 Comments Off
Restaurant and Urban Farm uses aquaponic farming systems to raise fish and vegetables in concert for fine, fresh dining.
Via Tsai Design Studio: Moyo Waterfront Restaurant + Urban Farm
Oct 6, 2013
Combining architecture with agriculture, the new development ‘Moyo’ by South African Firm Tsai Design Studio features a two storey restaurant and open air market. Located at the V&A Waterfront on Cape Town’s historic working harbor, the site is a major tourist destination with over 23 million visitors per year. The project sought to tell a story through food and the full cycle it goes through, from preparation to plate. The theatrical display of food in all its stages informs the the overall layout;
October 23, 2013 Comments Off
The smaller two other domes serve as greenhouses for gardening and growing fruit and vegetable, so the owners can enjoy their own fresh produce almost all year long.
The Invisible Garden House is an original structure that is designed to extend the summer in the northern temperate zone. Using sun as the only source of energy, this environmentally friendly concept is meant to be used for recreation or plant growing. The Invisible garden gives you the opportunity of being in your own bubble! Made of three bubble-like transparent polycarbonate domes, the pilot project was built in a private garden north of Copenhagen. The residents of the house get to spend more time in their garden and enjoy gardening and growing vegetables all year round.
October 17, 2013 Comments Off
“Every year there are at least 1.4 million shipping containers sent back to Asia to be recycled.”
Designed by Keith Dewey for City Farmer Society
Owner, Designer of Zigloo.ca
Victoria, BC. June, 2013
Excerpt from Zigloo:
Zigloo.ca is a design house that is leading the way in custom design with a difference. The difference is finding sustainable solutions to building technologies, especially in the use of shipping containers as architectural building blocks. The benefits of which are lowering our carbon footprint, saving our forests and doing it affordably.
Zigloo domestique is a prototype concept that has led to a number of CargoSpace Living projects throughout North America. Keith Dewey (owner of Zigloo.ca) created zigloo domestique as a show home to entice people to think differently about the way we live and to demonstrate that living sustainably doesn’t mean “living without”.
October 8, 2013 Comments Off
With the planter boxes in place, it was time to fill them! Thanks to the FUN Society’s Red Box Project, huge loads of soil and mulch were delivered to the Kitchener parking lot. And thanks to a whole lot of elbow grease from Kitchener parents and students, the boxes got filled and the last of the extra bricks were moved off site. Whew!
Food Garden and Green Space – Orchard, Veggie Garden, Composters
Excerpt from Facebook:
Lord Kitchener Elementary sits at the busy intersection of King Edward and Blenheim in Vancouver, BC. For the past year, the school site has been a high-traffic construction zone as the school is seismically rebuilt. Thankfully, provincial funding provides a safe, new school structure, but leaves little for the outdoor space. The PAC Sustainability Committee saw this challenge as an opportunity to transform this noisy, dusty site into an oasis where city kids can feel connected to nature by advocating for space to develop an Outdoor Classroom. With the help of partners,
September 17, 2013 Comments Off
Vo Trong Nghia Architects
de zeen magazine
June 28, 2013
A knot-shaped rooftop will be used as a vegetable garden at this kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia Architects that’s under construction in Dong Nai, Vietnam.
Set to complete later this year, the Farming Kindergarten is designed by Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects as a prototype for sustainable school design, where children can learn how to grow their own food.
September 7, 2013 Comments Off
Americans spend more than 30 billion dollars on lawn care each year
By Arnie Cooper
“Flip through any Greek cookbook with a decent number of pictures and you’re instantly aware that tomatoes and eggplants are 50 percent of the ingredients,” she says. And when they tired of moussaka, Jennifer whipped up Indian recipes like masala green beans with fenugreek and bhagan bharta, an eggplant dish. It was, however, her grandmother’s “Chicago Hots,” a relish made with cherry tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, and onion that turned out to be the most popular.
September 7, 2013 Comments Off
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and his partner, Amy Elaine Wakeland, rely on their backyard garden at their home in Echo Park for a good deal of their produce.
By Frances Anderton
While the remodel was in process, Wakeland and Garcetti tilled the land. In addition to their own yard, the couple acquired two steep, unbuildable adjoining lots. With the help of Sean Femrite Environmental Design Studio, they are transforming this 19,000-square-foot yard into a full-blown productive garden. Wakeland, who was schooled in the arts of horticulture, canning, and bottling as a child in her native Indiana, has also built a “worm factory” in the yard: a half-food, half-paper tub in which worms merrily turn trash into rich compost.
September 6, 2013 Comments Off
A Grange – “gathering places for rural(urban) folk to break bread, support one another in times of need, and celebrate the bounty of the land.”
Excerpt from Zenger Farm website:
Eighteen years ago, a group of community members stood on the Zenger Farm property in the rain. They looked out at 16-acres of overgrown farm fields and a dilapidated farm house and dreamt of a vibrant educational farm. On that day, no one standing there could have imagined that by 2013, Zenger Farm would host over 7,000 students annually for field trips, launch a farmers market to provide access to healthy food for outer SE Portlanders or provide cooking workshops to thousands of families. Now, it is time to do more.
August 13, 2013 Comments Off
18th and Rhode Island Permaculture Garden in San Francisco
Video by John of growingyourgreens
John goes on a field trip to the 18th and Rhode Island Permaculture Garden. Just a few short years ago this Garden was an empty city lot. Now this lot has been transformed into an excellent example of Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture) Garden producing food for the community.
July 22, 2013 Comments Off
Beacon Food Forest is a seven-acre plot in downtown Seattle that will hold enough food for the city’s families to stop by and take what they need — for free.
By Sean Breslin
Jun 24, 2013
Complete with teaching spaces, a gathering plaza and wide-open spaces for families to congregate and enjoy the spoils of their day’s foraging, there are big plans for what is believed to be the first forest of its kind in the United States. Herlihy said they’ve also heard from towns in California and Oregon, interested in using his food forest idea for their own urban settings.
Seattle’s diverse culture, as well as the city’s affinity for the outdoors, has made the garden a perfect fit for an inner-city gathering place, says Chris Warren, Seattle native and meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
July 8, 2013 Comments Off
The Nelson Byrd Woltz firm designed the Urban Farm of Charlottesville in a low income area with hopes to create a sense of community, access to fresh food, and to help educate the citizens about nutrition.
“Food Projects in Urban Areas”
By Abbagail Taddei
June 25, 2013
There are few landscape architecture firms today that can say Urban Agriculture Design is on their shortlist of services offered. Most firms are capable of designing a productive space, of course, whether or not they can say they specialize in this area of design is another matter. Below are eight North American Landscape Architecture firms that are leading the way through their own advocacy and stellar Urban Agriculture projects.
June 29, 2013 1 Comment