Category — Design
The Plans: The Growroom – a spherical garden that enables people to grow their own food locally within our cities and in a beautiful and sustainable manner
The Growroom is designed by:
Sine Lindholm, Mads-Ulrik Husum & SPACE10
The design received a lot of attention from all over the world, which is why we today release the design/cutting files and simple instructions, so people around the world can build their very own Growroom inside their own neighbourhoods.
We already know that the open source design files will be used to build The Growroom in Helsinki, Taipei, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, but this is just the beginning, because we hope to see The Growroom pop up in cities across the world.
February 17, 2017 No Comments
Here’s Ryan harvesting some cutting celery, another ingredient of my green juice. This hardy annual can be used in place of celery and is easier to grow. The fine green leaves and thin hollow stems are especially good to flavor soups and stews.
Photos from her food producing greenhouse
Martha Up Close and Personal Blog
Feb 7, 2017
My expansive outdoor vegetable garden is bare, but I’m fortunate to have lots of wonderful vegetables growing in the ground in a special greenhouse located behind my Equipment Barn. As many of you know, its design was inspired by Eliot Coleman, an expert of four-season farming.
February 14, 2017 No Comments
Directed and edited by Logan Nagel
Interviews conducted by Chandler Donald
Videography by Aiden Vens
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Feb 4, 2017
University of Arizona – Tucson – Spring 2017. In light of a campus-wide rooftop garden design competition, we spoke with a number of experts about their thoughts on landscape architecture, growing food, and nature in cities.
February 11, 2017 Comments Off on University of Arizona: Urban agriculture: feeding the future
DSGN AGNC’s Spaces Of Opportunity, an 18-acre site in South Phoenix, Arizona, that is much more than just a place for growing: It’s also a community hub, an art center, and a music venue.
By Sam Lubell
The Architect’s Newspaper
January 24, 2017
“The idea is that farming here is an excuse to bring services to this area,” said DSGN AGNC principal and founder Quilian Riano. “A way to bring economic opportunity.”
The semi-suburban area is home primarily to low- and middle-income Latino and African American populations. It’s also the site of a food desert, meaning that fresh food is very difficult to find. “There are more liquor stores than grocery stores here,” noted Riano.
February 2, 2017 Comments Off on Urban farming in suburban Phoenix becomes the basis for an entire community hub
To create a children’s educational complex around Kamensky Pond – – “a farm in the city”, where children will be able to familiarise themselves with nature, find out what various animals look like, and where their milk, vegetables and fruit come from.
Chief architect of the project: Alyona Zaitseva
Architects: Gleb Galkin, Darya Listopad, Anastasia Izmakova, Yevgeny Reshetov, Margarita Leonova, Maria Khokholova, Alexandra Kim, Maria Khokhlova, Denis Manshilin and Ivan Korenkov
Master Plan: Nina Smirnova
Chief Structural Engineer: Dmitry Belostotskiy
The farm offers a new type of leisure activity for children and parents in Moscow, educating children about the natural world through direct contact with nature.
The northern areas bordering on the Botanical Gardens have a historical connection with the theme of agriculture. Here were located the Pig Rearing, Sheep Rearing and Poultry Farming pavilions. The site of the present farm was that of the Hunting pavilion and the so called Hunting Track, with its enclosures for wild animals. The pavilion burnt down long ago, and only two statues remain – the Hunter and the Fox Breeder, which now stand to greet visitors to the farm. The farm itself thus represents a logical continuation of the site’s history.
January 26, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Urban Farm’ Theme Park Developed in Moscow, Russia
They even filled in the swimming pool from the old apartment complex (that again, due to Portland’s temperate climate, was very underused) to make room for more garden space.
By Scott Cooney
Green Living Ideas
Jan 2, 2017
In addition, as food is so central to a sustainable community, probably the most impressive part of Kailash is the garden. Or should we say gardens – there are 46 private garden plots for resident use, and an extensive community garden. They also have a bamboo micro-forestry project, berry bushes, grapevines, fruit orchards, and a greenhouse. They have also created areas dedicated for wildlife habitat, including bird houses, bat houses, bee boxes and reptile gardens.
January 11, 2017 Comments Off on Portland Urban Intentional Community has 46 private garden plots for resident use
Where an urban or community farm offers an opportunity for people to supply themselves and their neighbors with fresh produce, an agrihood focuses on making a farming outfit the very center of a small community, the way manufacturing used to be.
By Quinn O’callaghan
The Philadelphia Citizen
Dec 28, 2016
Kuck says that the top selling point of such agrihoods would be the fact that they help legitimize the usefulness and utility of accommodating for green spaces in modern urban planning. “Even 30 years ago, there were 500 community gardens and backyard plots without support, and we lost a lot of those developments by not prioritizing how green spaces play a role in how we shape and plan for cities,” Kuck says. “In some ways, the term ‘agrihood’ is a little bit irrelevant to me, but if it gets people thinking about planning and galvanizing them in the future, that’s great.”
January 6, 2017 Comments Off on What’s Good In The Agrihood? Can it work in Philadelphia?
Maria’s Compost Garden hops went into our beer again this year
More varieties and a bigger crop made this year’s ‘Rail Ale’ a treat. Named for the big changes that took place next to our garden; the century old railway line was pulled up. A new Greenway era begins for use by pedestrians and cyclist.
December 31, 2016 Comments Off on Happy New Year from City Farmer! It’s our 39th Year
In all, one-third of an acre of “land” is available for farming.
By John King
San Francisco Chronicle
December 24, 2016
(Must see. Mike)
Two of the interior pods stop at three levels and are topped by communal terraces that get use throughout the day when studies and weather allow. One more level up, you encounter the startling contrast of panoramic views — and a dissected farm where you can touch the ground or snip off a sprig of parsley.
This time of year, between harvests, some pods show nothing but dirt. Others are softened by abundant mounds of green parsley and purple kale. One roof is dotted with red radishes waiting to be picked.
December 31, 2016 Comments Off on Berkeley sprouts creative housing, topped by a working farm
Looking Through Our New Iron Gate – Created By Davide Pan
During the summer, metal artist Davide Pan created a new window/gate at the Compost Garden. It faces the City of Vancouver’s new Arbutus Greenway. The Greenway corridor, recently purchased from the Canadian Pacific Railway, stretches 11 kilometres from near downtown Vancouver to the Fraser River.
The Compost Garden will draw in thousands of new visitors who will travel this new transportation corridor by foot and bike.
December 25, 2016 Comments Off on Merry Christmas from City Farmer!
More than 100 Bryan students are part of the Urban Agriculture Career Academy and the school also has one of the largest Future Farmers of America chapters in the Nebraska.
By Eric Taylor
Dec 13, 2016
Hugo Zamorano, a 2010 Bryan grad, completed a mural that graces the AgroBox at the school. The mural, and the AgroBox, were on display during an open house and ribbon cutting Friday afternoon at the school.
Chris Moorman, CEO of Rubicon Agriculture, was on hand for the event. Rubicon is an Indiana-based agricultural manufacturing company that created the AgroBox, which is an automated hydroponic growing facility built inside of an up-cycled 40-foot shipping container.
December 22, 2016 Comments Off on AgroBox mural completed at Bryan High School, Nebraska
But before there was a picturesque farm stand, there were thousands and thousands of pounds of trash to be hauled, weed trees to be cut back and general debris to clean up.
By Quelcy Kogel
Dec 12, 2016
With a background in horticulture, Andrew was in search of a place to live where he could garden and keep chickens and bees. He found an amenable landlord, which landed him on 51st Street, but his green thumb quickly surpassed the yard and spilled into the adjoining abandoned city lot. Andrew and Neal began working with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest Program, which equipped them with compost, lumber and seedlings, enabling them to expand their garden endeavor. Farm 51 was born and became a community hub (as evidenced by the many pictures of cute kids tending to vegetables via Instagram).
December 19, 2016 Comments Off on In Philadelphia, A Victorian Home With An Urban Farm
“Terraces home serves as a constant reminder of the origin of paddy rice civilization in a flat world context, threatened by various types of pollution currently at an alarming level.”
Nov 6, 2016
In Vietnam, H&P architects has completed a large residence featuring accessible platforms that integrate urban farming as a basis for sustainable development. located in the city of ha tinh, ‘terraces home’ seeks to combine architecture with agriculture, forming a new typology that the architects refer to as ‘agritecture’. influenced by the country’s terraced rice fields, the property intends to dissolve boundaries between internal and external living.
November 8, 2016 Comments Off on Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming
Denmark is making huge investments in urban agriculture, with some of the world’s leading architects and designers steering the way to a whole-systems, ecological approach to growing food.
By Jill Fehrenbacher
By Tafline Laylin
Oct 3 and Sept 15, 2016
William McDonough: The Agro Food Park is a whole complex right now with 75 companies, about 1000 people. It’s part of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and was opened in 2009, about 460,000 square feet. There’s about half a million square feet already in place with 75 companies, and they’re looking to expand and build an additional roughly three million square feet over the next 30 years. That’s what we’re doing here as the master plan and then conceiving how this sort of agricultural technology and food production thinking in Denmark can be expanded as commercial opportunities for people and their synergies. This is a place, literally, where people could be engaging in the business of feeding the world safe, healthy food. That, to us, is very exciting.
October 7, 2016 Comments Off on Denmark’s ‘Silicon Valley of agriculture’ and an interview with eco architect William McDonough
Core Orchards Detroit, created by nonprofit Wolverine Human Services, has raised more than $400,000 for the project.
By Elissa Robinson
Detroit Free Press
September 24, 2016
Michigan is home to hundreds of apple orchards, filled with acres of tart and tangy, crisp and crunchy, sweet and juicy apples.
But you won’t find a single orchard in the city of Detroit.
October 2, 2016 Comments Off on Detroit’s first U-pick apple orchard could become reality