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Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming

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“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.”

Design Boom
Nov 6, 2016

Excerpts:

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.

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November 8, 2016   Comments Off on Vietnam Home Features Accessible Platforms That Integrate Urban Farming

Denmark’s ‘Silicon Valley of agriculture’ and an interview with eco architect William McDonough

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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.

Two articles
By Jill Fehrenbacher
By Tafline Laylin
inhabitat
Oct 3 and Sept 15, 2016
Excerpt:

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.

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October 7, 2016   Comments Off on Denmark’s ‘Silicon Valley of agriculture’ and an interview with eco architect William McDonough

Detroit’s first U-pick apple orchard could become reality

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Conceptual rendering of plans for Detroit’s first U-pick apple orchard on the city’s east side.
(Photo: Wolverine Human Services)

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

Excerpt:

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.

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October 2, 2016   Comments Off on Detroit’s first U-pick apple orchard could become reality

Bill Mollison passed away on September 24, 2016 – Co-originator of ‘Permaculture’

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So, in answer to the complex question “what is permaculture?”, perhaps the most concise response is to say with others that “permaculture is a revolution disguised as organic gardening”.

By Samuel Alexander
The Conversation
Sept 28, 2016

Excerpt:

Mollison grew up in Stanley, Tasmania. After leaving school at 15 he moved through a range of occupations before joining the CSIRO in the Wildlife Survey Section in 1954, where he developed his research experience and understanding of ecological systems.

He was later appointed to the University of Tasmania, which is where, in 1974, he met the brilliant and radical young research student, David Holmgren

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September 30, 2016   Comments Off on Bill Mollison passed away on September 24, 2016 – Co-originator of ‘Permaculture’

City Farmer: Chamomile Growing in our Fairy Garden

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Chamomile Growing in the Fairy Garden from Michael Levenston on Vimeo.

Ceramic Fairy Houses made by artist Melissa Hume

Maria harvests chamomile in the Fairy Garden at Vancouver’s Compost Demonstration Garden.

Children love to see where the fairies live in our garden. Their colourful, ceramic homes are set in an area beneath the stump and roots of a massive cottonwood tree which fell in the Vancouver windstorm of Aug 29, 2015.

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September 12, 2016   Comments Off on City Farmer: Chamomile Growing in our Fairy Garden

Dubai’s Sustainable City Includes Urban Farming

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There is a 3 hectare farm running across the City’s central spine. This community farm accommodates 38,000 sqft (3,500 sqm) of Biodome Greenhouses dedicated to the growing of fruits, herbs and vegetables.

By Nick Webster
The National AE
Sept 4, 2016

Excerpts:

The city’s urban farm produces more than 20 kinds of herbs and will soon start growing fruit and vegetables once the productive landscape matures. About 2,000 date palms are on the property. Green compost is used on everything grown.

“We are also looking into composting our food waste, turning it into a resource that will improve our soils.

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September 10, 2016   Comments Off on Dubai’s Sustainable City Includes Urban Farming

Copenhagen: An Urban Farm That Is a Cross Over Between Art and Architecture

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‘At Space10, we envision a future where we grow much more food inside our cities. Food producing architecture could enable us to do so.’ – says Carla Cammilla Hjort, Director of Space10. Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj.

The Growroom: exploring how cities can feed themselves through local food producing architecture

By Space10
at CHART Art Fair in Copenhagen
Aug 2016
(Must see. Mike)

Space10 and architects Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm co-created a stunningly beautiful urban farm that was exhibited at CHART ART FAIR in Copenhagen this weekend. With the Growroom, Space10 wants to spark conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities, grow our own food and tackle the rapidly increasing demand for significantly more food in the future.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Copenhagen: An Urban Farm That Is a Cross Over Between Art and Architecture

Studio Gang proposes net-zero school with three-acre urban farm in Chicago (complete with its own goat)

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Students will help grow breakfast and lunch for their classmates.

By Matthew Messner
The Architects Newspaper
Aug 22, 2016

Excerpt:

Perhaps the most notable of the school’s amenities is a three-acre urban farm. Along with producing its own power, the school will also produce a portion of its own food. Students will help grow breakfast and lunch for their classmates. The school believes the understanding of agriculture is an important part both of being a global citizen and of creating one’s relationship to food. Anchoring the farm is a greenhouse-barn where classes and presentations can be held for students and the community.

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August 30, 2016   Comments Off on Studio Gang proposes net-zero school with three-acre urban farm in Chicago (complete with its own goat)

Milwaukee Students Create ‘Urban Agriculture’ Bench

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SHARP Literacy Students Create Public Art For Neighborhood House Garden Park

Milwaukee Courier
Aug. 20, 2016

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The “Urban Agriculture” bench project was inspired by SHARP Literacy’s 12th We Love to Learn book, There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City, written in collaboration with Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power. Led by Milwaukee artist Sally Duback, the bench project is one of four permanent works of art created during SHARP Literacy’s 2016 summer program. In addition to the Urban Agriculture bench, Sally Duback and SHARP students at Journey House, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center and Our Next Generation conceptualized and designed door-sized mosaic murals.

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August 28, 2016   Comments Off on Milwaukee Students Create ‘Urban Agriculture’ Bench

Agritopia founder sought to regain “village life”

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Gilbert businessman Joe Johnston launched Agritopia more than a decade ago. Click on image for larger file.

The result of his stewardship is Agritopia (agriculture+topia), a 160-acre village urban farm with a population of 1,300 that has garnered attention from around the world.

By Srianthi Perera
Ahwatukee Foothills News Writer
Aug 11, 2016

Excerpt:

“The farm, as it stood, was not going to be something that made sense in the fabric of the suburban environment,” Johnston said. “We wanted to preserve agriculture and we also wanted to preserve every single building in the homestead area.”

The result of his stewardship is Agritopia (agriculture+topia), a 160-acre village urban farm with a population of 1,300 that has garnered attention from around the world.

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August 17, 2016   Comments Off on Agritopia founder sought to regain “village life”

Urban farming group, Louisville Grows, starts work on new headquarters in Louisville, KY

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Rendering of the Healthy House. (Courtesy Louisville Grows)

“We want the Healthy House to be a demonstration home where people can come and see in person different green improvements that they can make to their own home or different ways they can garden with a green roof or beehives on the roof,” Magnuson explained.

By Branden Klayko
Broken Sidewalk
Jul 19, 2016

Excerpt:

Inside, a front room contains a classroom and flexible use space that can be opened up to the larger community for meetings and classes. “We’re going to be offering garden education and citizen forestry classes in the space,” Magnuson said. “We’re also planning on doing a couple different dinners there.” Up above, a green roof dotted with beehives offers another educational opportunity.

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July 28, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming group, Louisville Grows, starts work on new headquarters in Louisville, KY

Fence Gardening by Invivo Design Studio

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fencegWith our vertical vegetation products (A.K.A. “living walls” or “vertical gardens”), you can enjoy herbs, flowers, and vegetables within arm’s reach – even in downtown apartments and compact townhouses.

Vertical Urban Ecology – Invivo’s pocket planters allow you to turn any fence or railing into a vertical garden.

By Yael Stav and Gordon Glaze
Invivo Design Studio
Vancouver, BC

Excerpt from their website:

Invivo Design Studio was founded in Tel-Aviv by life partners Yael Stav and Gordon Glaze. Design research at the studio started by purchasing vertical vegetation systems from established vendors and assessing them for food production in our small Tel-Aviv Yard.

Invivo’s yard soon became a tourist attraction in it’s own right with weekly tours being conducted for sightseers regularly. It became a venue for instruction of vertical vegetation, permaculture and urban agriculture. The yard was inspiring in its methods and prolific in its yield.

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July 12, 2016   Comments Off on Fence Gardening by Invivo Design Studio

New York’s Bushwick II to have 60,000-square-foot rooftop with an urban farm and recreational spaces including a pool

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Tenants will be able to grow and harvest produce at the rooftop’s urban farm.

BY Dana Schulz
6ftsquare
June 24, 2016

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it will encompass one million square feet over two city blocks and have 800-900 units, as well as an entire system of interconnecting courtyards and common spaces that break from the street grid, an 18,000-square-foot central park, and a 60,000-square-foot rooftop with an urban farm and recreational spaces including a pool.

The brick buildings vary in height from six to nine stories with diagrid braces intercepting square windows along the street. Facing the courtyards are glazed walls and balconies.

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June 28, 2016   Comments Off on New York’s Bushwick II to have 60,000-square-foot rooftop with an urban farm and recreational spaces including a pool

Urban Agriculture Educational Poster

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What distinguishes it from rural agriculture is that it is integrated into the urban economic and ecological system.

By Weikun Liang
Pittsburgh, PA
Human Computer Interaction student at Carnegie Mellon University

Excerpt:

Zoning plays a big role in urban agriculture. It can dictate what kind of growing can be allowed, whether animals, retail sales, and even education can be part of the operation. Many cities have multiple restrictions on raising animals with the result that most urban farms don’t keep animals for production purposes.

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June 20, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Educational Poster

Artist Joe Tyler creates garden gate for Arizona community garden

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Surprise Community Garden celebrates spring with new public artwork

By Surprise Independent
June 4, 2016

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Local artist Joe Tyler has built and installed two new public art pieces for the Benevilla/City of Surprise Community Garden.

Mr. Tyler graduated from Arizona State University with a master of science degree in environmental horticulture. He then owned and operated a nursery for fifteen years.

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June 14, 2016   Comments Off on Artist Joe Tyler creates garden gate for Arizona community garden