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There are chickens outside the Cleveland Convention Center?

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convPhoto by Cory Shaffer.

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   No Comments

“Sky farm” – World Architecture Festival Awards Jury

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skyfarmRoger Stirk Harbour and Partners

“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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jumplGraphic from: If You Plant a Seed by Nadir Nelson.

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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farmsceneThe vision for Nursery Fields Forever. (Courtesy of aut- -aut) Click on image for larger file.

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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March 6, 2016   Comments Off on New York: Imagining a Huge Rooftop Farm Atop Bushwick’s Rheingold Brewery

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

Vincent van Gogh: ‘Montmartre – Windmills and Allotments Paris’, March/April 1887

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From the Van Gogh Museum. Click on image for larger file. (Must see. Mike)

The expansion of the city is alluded to on the left by the large apartment building that rises above the fields.

Montmartre was still semi-rural in Van Gogh’s time, with allotments and farms. The windmills were a popular destination for day-trippers. The mill on the right, Le Blute-Fin, had a pavement café with a magnificent view of Paris, while the smaller windmill was nicknamed the Moulin à Poivre (‘peppermill’). The expansion of the city is alluded to on the left by the large apartment building that rises above the fields.

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February 22, 2016   Comments Off on Vincent van Gogh: ‘Montmartre – Windmills and Allotments Paris’, March/April 1887

Winner: Réinventer Paris, The Multi-Level City

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Jacques Ferrier Architecture (JFA), Chartier Dalix Architectes, and SLA Landskab won the international design competition “Reinventer Paris” with the Multi-Layered City, a proposal to weave urban farming and greenery into the Boulevard Périphérique ring road. Click on image for larger file.

The Paris of tomorrow will be a whole lot greener.

By Lucy Wang
inhabitat
Feb 12, 2016

Excerpt:

Launched by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Reinventer Paris is an urban competition that seeks to transform the way Parisians live, work, and play across 23 key sites. 23 winners were recently chosen for each of those sites, many of who include world-renowned architecture practices such as Sou Fujimoto and David Chipperfield.

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February 17, 2016   Comments Off on Winner: Réinventer Paris, The Multi-Level City

Pittsburgh’s St. Clair neighborhood to get an urban farm and new housing

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The Hilltop Alliance Hilltop Farm Master Plan.

“This is really going to be a public community garden for the broader community.”

By Ashley Murray
Pittsburgh City Paper
Feb 3, 206

Excerpt:

The farming portion will include 16 quarter-acre plots for farmer incubation.

“It’s a big issue that people who want to start farming, the cost of doing so is so high and very prohibitive,” said Baxendell.

There will be 60 community gardening plots, as well as bigger lots for larger crops, such as corn. All spaces will require applications from community members. An orchard of 176 fruit trees is planned for the site. Gardeners can sell their produce at a year-round farmer’s market; an on-site community-supported-agriculture (CSA) farm would also sell goods.

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February 9, 2016   Comments Off on Pittsburgh’s St. Clair neighborhood to get an urban farm and new housing

Students design sustainable community garden space in Ontario, California

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We are a team of 3 architecture students who have worked for a year to make this project a reality and today we need the final push to materialize the desires and needs of a community.

Excerpt from Kickstarter:

Huerta del Valle, an energetic community garden in Ontario, is already feeding 62 families by providing any person willing to maintain a garden with a 20ft by 10ft plot of land, for only 10 dollars a year. There is also a section of the 3-acre garden devoted to producing vegetables the community sells to near-by restaurants and farmers markets, paying for the operational costs of the garden. They have grown over 6000 lbs of produce in the last season alone. Before this, the site has been barren for as long as we can see, but in the past two years, the community garden has been developing rapidly.

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January 13, 2016   Comments Off on Students design sustainable community garden space in Ontario, California

12 Gifts For Urban Farmers

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Egg Gathering Apron.

Give the gardener in your life something to be thankful for with these tools for a successful growing season.

By Lindsey McClave
Urban Farmer
Dec 2015

Excerpt:

Handmade in Amish Country the Yoder Sewing Room’s Egg Gathering Apron is a fun and superior replacement to the traditional basket. No more broken eggs or struggling with lids and latches with limited use of your hands. This apron carefully protects and holds up to 10 eggs in individual pleated pockets that allow for easy access and full use of both hands. This is a unique product which works well for both children and adults.

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December 30, 2015   Comments Off on 12 Gifts For Urban Farmers