Category — Design
One MIT scientist hopes to farm without soil for city life
By Mona Lalwani
August 27, 2014
(Must see. Mike)
At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. He grows plants through aeroponics, a system that produces plants without soil. Plants are hooked up to servers and misting mechanisms. LEDs fill in for the sun and ladybugs (purchased on Amazon) occasionally make an appearance. Plants are periodically sprayed with a nutrient-rich mist that provides optimal pH balance. Light and temperatures are closely monitored. The environment nurtures plants that have twice the nutrient density of their conventional counterparts. Lettuce, bok choy, and tomatoes have already fed the scientists in the lab.
August 31, 2014 No Comments
Occasional concerts in between times of harvesting and planting
By San Francisco-based IwamotoScott Architecture
Surrounding the stadium is a new green-roofed, terraced podium that interfaces with the surrounding Candlestick Point redevelopment master plan, sheltering beneath it a marketplace for locally-produced urban agriculture and food goods.
August 27, 2014 No Comments
Detroit artist Ryan Herberholz created a mural on a formerly blighted building in Detroit to help celebrate urban farming
The mural was recently completed and more than 200 people came out to help celebrate the official unveiling.
Aug 8, 2014
Local Good Food hub Door to Door Organics is proud to be cultivating the growth of Detroit’s urban farming movement. We commissioned Detroit artist Ryan Herberholz to create an inspiring mural on Michigan Urban Farming Initiative’s land that was once vacant but is now farmed to feed the community.
August 21, 2014 No Comments
Oedipus took two years to make with a volunteer staff of 100.
August 7th, 2014
Sophocles and Aeschylus may be spinning in their graves. Or, who knows, they may be taking some delight in this bizarre twist on the Oedipus myth. Running 8 minutes, Jason Wishnow’s 2004 film puts vegetables in the starring roles.
August 16, 2014 Comments Off
The house ended up costing about US$ 18,400 in materials
Living in a Showbox
July 22, 2014
When architects and spouses Karen Jelnes and Peter Hoffmann got the opportunity to buy an allotment garden, they jumped at the chance. They chose to remove the existing house to design their own summer home, and for two years they spent their weekends and holidays building a small house on their garden plot.
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Food producing landscapes are more controversial than your typical landscape project.
By Brian Barth
July 17, 2014
1) Use hardscape features to create aesthetic definition.
The clean lines of paths, patios, fences, raised beds, retaining walls, arbors, trellises and pergolas can all be used to create order out what can sometimes be a chaotic and cluttered plantscape. Fruit trees espaliered along a rigid structure (i.e. wood or wires) or a turning a hillside into a terraced vineyard are examples.
July 26, 2014 Comments Off
Artists Probe Urban Agriculture
By Allison Meier
July 1, 2014
In collaboration with Smack Mellon’s FOODshed, Alloy real estate development, and Brooklyn Grange, artist Andrea Reynosa planted a 6,000-square-foot field with clover that is sprouting red flowers alongside the Manhattan Bridge. The space was formerly a parking lot. The flourish of vibrancy is temporary, but Reynosa is planning that through the clover, a site that might otherwise be an empty construction lot will have life that will in turn ameliorate the soil before a condominium moves in.
July 19, 2014 Comments Off
A ‘crop’ makes an urban landscape more complicated to manage and maintain.
By Brian Barth
July 4, 2014
In the 150 years that landscape architecture has been formally recognized as a profession, there has existed a gulf of separation between our discipline and agriculture. Even though plants, soil, and people are fundamental to each field, the former focuses on aesthetics and the structural functions of human settlements (drainage, access and circulation, integration with the built environment, etc.), while the latter is centered on the process of cultivating edible species for consumption. Recently, however, there are signs of integration between the two disciplines and landscape architects are now being challenged to adopt new methods to mitigate the discord between them.
July 16, 2014 Comments Off
“We’ll also share stories about urban farms around California and news around the state about urban agriculture policies and initiatives,”
By Pamela Kan-Rice
UC California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
July 2, 2014
As local food has gained popularity, more city folks are growing food in their own backyards. Now they have a new online resource to consult about urban farming. The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has launched a website to provide practical, science-based information for urban agriculture.
At the website at http://ucanr.edu/urbanag, visitors will find information on raising livestock, crop production, marketing and policies for farming in their backyards, on a few acres, at a school or in a community setting.
Rachel Surls, a UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Los Angeles County, and a team including UCCE farm advisors, policy and advocacy experts, urban planners, agricultural economists and others created the new urban agriculture website in response to the results of a UC survey of urban farmers in California.
July 5, 2014 Comments Off
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is creating a 2.4-acre teaching garden adjacent to the kitchen
Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is partnering with the Culinary Institute of America-San Antonio to establish a teaching kitchen at the downtown hospital to offer nutrition and cooking courses to patients and the community. Photo by Edward A. Ornelas / San Antonio Express-News.
The teaching kitchen and garden will be the first of their kind at a children’s hospital in San Antonio
By Jessica Belasco
San Antonio Express-News
June 4, 2014
The teaching kitchen will be instrumental in teaching the community the awareness of the relationship between food and health, he said.
The organic vegetable and herb garden, designed by Overland Partners Architects and Co’Design, will bring “the healing work of nature” to the downtown campus for patients and families to learn, play and meditate, said John Bel, president of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation.
July 4, 2014 Comments Off
Click on image for larger file. ‘The allotment fair.’ Featured in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2010. This is based on an allotment fair in an allotment by the sea in Portsmouth, England.
“In my work I cherish the uniqueness of our dilapidated seaside towns, stumbling light industries. I exhibit often, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Royal Society of British Arts and as far afield as Tokyo.”
Artist – Liam O’Farrell
(Must see. Mike)
Excerpt from Dec, 2013 blog post:
The painting (The Allotment Fair) is based on an event at my mum’s allotment.
As the growing season nears its end the members organise an “Allotment show”. Quite a jovial affair. They pitch a large marquee, have a jumble sale and sell cake. At least thirty varieties of cake. So much cake!
The culmination of the show is the grand prize giving for the finest fruits and vegetables. They have the usual categories, ‘Largest pumpkin’, ‘Best onions’ and so on. Each winner is presented with a small trophy and large applause. No better way to while away a late summer afternoon.
June 16, 2014 Comments Off
Pond surrounded by sycamore fig trees with red fruit growing from the trunks and branches
From the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
Period: Middle Kingdom
Dynasty: Dynasty 12
Reign: reign of Amenemhat I, early
Date: ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of
Medium: Wood, paint Copper
Excerpt from the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art:
This model of a garden and portico was discovered in a hidden chamber at the side of the passage leading into the rock cut tomb of the royal chief steward Meketre, who began his career under King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II of Dynasty 11 and continued to serve successive kings into the early years of Dynasty 12.
In the center of the garden is a pond surrounded by sycamore fig trees with red fruit growing from the trunks and branches. The pond is lined with copper and could have been filled with water. Facing the garden is the porch of a house. Two rows of columns support the roof made of palm trunks split into halves. The rear columns have capitals in the form of papyrus stalks bound together, the capitals of the front columns imitate bundles of lotus. Rainfall is rare in Upper Egypt, but such an eventuality is provided for in three projecting spouts.
May 24, 2014 Comments Off
Expo theme “Feeding the Planet. Energy for life.”
De Zeen Magazine
Apr 29, 2014
Vegetables, herbs and hops will be planted between the latticed timber structure of the pavilion representing France at the World Expo 2015 in Milan (+ slideshow).
Conceived by Paris studio XTU Architects, the competition-winning French pavilion design responds to the expo theme “Feeding the Planet. Energy for life.” by proposing a building based around a vision of the market hall as a centre for agricultural production.
May 6, 2014 Comments Off
A university student caretaker will live year-round in the home and manage the farm while using the land for agricultural research activities.
The container home is about 40 feet long, eight feet wide and 10 feet tall. When completed this spring, the home will feature 320 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen. TAKD Design led the aesthetics and Integrity Building Group developed the build plans and will oversee construction.
May 4, 2014 Comments Off
Magazine’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief’s name is Ann Marie ‘Gardner’
By Seth Fiegerman
May 2, 2014
“I worked on it for about a year and my good friends thought, ‘What are you talking about? A farming magazine? Are you having a midlife crisis?’” she recalls. “People were worried.”
It wasn’t actually supposed to be a magazine. While reporting for The New York Times and Monocle, a publication she helped found, she noticed more and more people who were eager to learn about where their food comes from, how to grow things of their own and generally become more self-sufficient. She thought it might make for a good article, but the more she thought about it, the bigger the project became.
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