Category — Design
The urban beehive is a concept for keeping bees at home
By Philips Design
The beehive is designed to allow us a glimpse into the fascinating world of these industrious creatures and to harvest the honey that they produce.
The design of the beehive is unconventional, appealing, and respects the natural behavior of the bees. It consists of two parts: entry passage and flower pot outside, and glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside.
February 28, 2014 No Comments
Locavores planting seeds for the next phase of urban agriculture. East Feast Festival Beach Food Forest.
By Anna Toon
The Austin Chronicle
Feb 14, 2014
Modelled after the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, the proposed East Feast Festival Beach Food Forest pilot project is slated for the south side of the Festival Beach Community Garden, just east of I-35 at Waller Avenue and Clermont Street on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake. Roughly 2.15 acres of land would be reimagined into an edible landscape, complete with fruit trees, a butterfly garden, kids’ play structures, and a stormwater wetland filtration system, in addition to other features. Though hardly a new concept – there’s a 2,000-year-old food forest in the Moroccan desert – a food forest will certainly be new to Austin, providing an additional layer of sustainable food production.
February 25, 2014 No Comments
“Vermiculture Furniture” course held at Ohio State University
By Kimberley Mok
February 10, 2014
Hoping to use design to bridge the gap between worms and humans in the home, Kay Bea Jones, Associate Professor of Architecture at Ohio State University, along with artist Ann Silverman and Associate Professor of Art Amy Youngs, recently taught a “Vermiculture Furniture” course that got fourteen students of different disciplines to come up with their own idea of what it means to “design with the compost cycle in mind, and invite worms into the home.” On the course page they explain how a thoughtfully designed kitchen could do much to integrate and “normalize” composting in our daily lives:
February 17, 2014 Comments Off
Get connected with the farms, gardens and markets in your neighborhood and help Kansas City get growing!
By Cultivate Kansas City
We are thrilled to launch our interactive Get Growing KC Map! This is a wonderful resource for our community to connect with urban farmers, community gardens, educational gardens and farmers markets. Go in and add your farm, garden or market! You can upload a photo, tell people where to find your produce, or let the community know if you have garden plots available! Get connected with the farms, gardens and markets in your neighborhood and help Kansas City get growing.
February 17, 2014 Comments Off
Studio Segers will receive a cash prize of 2,000 euros for their design
By Studio Segers
Graphic Interior Product Design
Daily needs outdoor Chickens Dodesign chicken coop, composting, city farming
City Farming is Booming: Daily Needs Modular Chicken Coop and Garden provides all the components you need to assemble housing for chickens and small pets, raised beds for vegetables, composting bin, and tool shed in a configuration of your choice.
February 1, 2014 Comments Off
Vancouver approves community garden proposal for Riverfront Park
The Fraserlands Community Gardening Group and the South Vancouver Family Place Society have developed a proposal for a new community garden in Riverfront Park in Fraserview.
Proposed garden features
The initial concept for the garden includes the following amenities:
Garden integrated around the existing tennis courts
40 community garden plots
Wheelchair-accessible flower beds
January 27, 2014 Comments Off
76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture
By Spike Carlsen
2014 – coming in April
Homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love these 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help you live more sustainably and independently. Expert woodworker Spike Carlsen offers clear, simple, fully illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, a chicken coop, a hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar with storage bins, and an outdoor shower. Most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and standard building materials.
January 24, 2014 Comments Off
A new ordinance makes it legal, even easy, to start a farm in the city. Here’s what the future could hold.
By Leon Neyfakh
Jan 19, 2014
Until the turn of the 20th century, it wasn’t all that unusual for Bostonians to earn their living through farming, and as late as 1895, the city was producing more crops and livestock products than any Massachusetts town except Dartmouth. This changed as the city modernized and grew denser, driving real estate prices up and eventually, in 1965, leading to the passage of a citywide zoning code that introduced all kinds of bureaucratic obstacles to starting a farm anywhere in Boston.
January 18, 2014 Comments Off
A Canadian landscape architect entering her seventh decade of practice
By Susan Herrington. Foreword by Marc Treib
University of Virginia Press
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is one of the most important landscape architects of the twentieth century, yet despite her lasting influence, few outside the field know her name. Her work has been instrumental in the development of the late-twentieth-century design ethic, and her early years working with architectural luminaries such as Louis Kahn and Dan Kiley prepared her to bring a truly modern—and audaciously abstract—sensibility to the landscape design tradition.
January 12, 2014 Comments Off
By Debbie Adams
Adams and Associates Design Consultants
We look to the United Nations International Year as inspiration for the holiday card we send out every year. This year, 2014, is the UN Year of Family Farming. We decided to focus on the increasing urban farming movement. Two of our clients, The Stop and Community Food Centres Canada, have been active in the growth of urban gardening and stress the importance of healthy food access in cities. We are very aware of the challenges and benefits of city farming.
January 6, 2014 Comments Off
Magic Gardens: Night-time Photographs from the East Village Community Gardens
By Sabina Mollot
Town & Village Blog
December 26, 2013
(Must See. Mike)
As for his own interest in the gardens, for Hirose, they were always a way to meet likeminded people, artists, musicians and other characters, along with the nightclubs in the Lower East Side in the 70s and 80s. They were also a way to enjoy a bit of nature close to home, allowing a brief escape from the crime-ridden streets and graffiti-covered buildings.
However, even as the neighborhood gentrified over the years since then, the volunteer-run gardens still remained a special place to Hirose. A couple of them even had play areas for kids, and he would take his daughter to the gardens when she was younger.
January 2, 2014 Comments Off
The design seeks out and reuses discarded timber sash windows, relocating them playfully across the facade of the new shop.
By Benedetta Rogers, Lucy Paton, Julian Bond, Sigrid Bylander
Work finished in 2013
Client: Hackney City Farm
The Sill to Sill design was the winning entry for an Architecture Competition held by Hackney City Farm, an environmental charity based in East London.
The competition brief called for the design of a new plant shop, fruit and vegetables, encouraging applicants to explore construction techniques using recycled materials, buying in to the Farm’s sustainable ethos and demonstrating the potential of urban waste as a building material. The team drew their inspiration from the architecture of the local neighbourhood, defined by streets of Victorian terrace houses with their imposing brick facades and generous sash windows. In recent years these homes have been bought up in a wave of gentrification and as new owners move, builders get to work, improvements are made and old materials are discarded.
December 28, 2013 Comments Off
Paige Witherington is the farmer at Serenbe Farms, a 30-acre certified organic and biodynamic farm adjacent to a housing development outside Atlanta. It’s one of more than 200 or so subdivisions with an agricultural twist nationwide. Photo by Serenbe.
Development-supported agriculture, a more intimate version of community-supported agriculture
by Luke Runyon
The Salt NPR
December 17, 2013
When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses.
But now, there’s a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are serving as the latest suburban amenity.
December 25, 2013 Comments Off
Museum: ‘Winner of Best of the Best in the Museums and Heritage Awards 2013′
Photos by Bronwyn Smyth
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD UK.
Excerpt from their site:
We are a world-class visitor attraction and a leading science research centre. We welcome 5 million visitors a year.
The Museum looks after 70 million natural history specimens and six million rare books and manuscripts at our site in South Kensington, our Museum at Tring and our storage facility in Wandsworth.
December 22, 2013 Comments Off
An estimated 10 to 25 acres would be needed for a commercial urban vegetable farm, a food museum, hydroponic and aquaponic farms, butterfly and vegetable gardens
By Kathy Steele
83 Degrees Media
December 03, 2013
The idea for a one-of-a-kind urban farm experience bloomed nearly two years ago as St. Petersburg Restaurateur Emmanuel Roux contemplated his next venture as a foodie and business entrepreneur.
Now plans for the Urban Food Park are on the drawing board along with estimates on its cost, and Roux and co-founder Carol Smith are moving close to a groundbreaking. A target kick-off is spring 2014, depending on site selection and funding.
December 13, 2013 Comments Off