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Rooftop Urban Agriculture Centre Opens on a Shopping Mall in Bangkok

Siam Green Sky.

Chulalongkorn University has invested about 5.6 million baht to turn the 1 rai rooftop space of the seven-storey Siam Square One shopping mall into an urban agriculture learning centre.

By Karnjana Karnjanatawe
Bangkok Post
Mar 26, 2015


“We will expand the green project to cover a total of 28 rai of space in and outside buildings belonging to the university in the future,” he said. Siam Green Sky is segmented into three zones. First is an innovative area consisting of a solar cell system for farming, a demonstration room showing how to produce fertiliser from organic waste and gardening plots for growing herbal, decorative plants and rice.

The second zone shows plants from many countries while the last zone is an easy-care garden for those who do not have much time, but want to plant vegetables.

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March 26, 2015   No Comments

City Farmer’s Cob Shed with Green Roof is 12 Years Old



The outside layer of clay belonged to famous Haida artist Bill Reid

Sculptor, George Rammell, donated Haida artist Bill Reid’s clay. “The clay I provided belonged to Haida artist Bill Reid. It provided the form for many of Bill’s sculpture projects including the “Whale” at the aquarium, and the huge bronze “Spirit Canoe” at the Vancouver airport. I also used it for my bear track project where I had a Grizzly Bear walk over 15 meters of clay from which I cast the event. It’s great to know this clay, that has such a history on the Coast, now forms the surfaces on your project.”

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March 22, 2015   No Comments

Living Architecture Monitor – Urban Agriculture Issue


Volume 17, Issue 1
Spring 2015

Excerpts from Table of Contents:

Integrating Agriculture and Architecture in the 21st Century

On the Roof with Urban Agriculture Rick Stars

Profitable Green Roof Vegetables

Grand Rapids Chefs Experiment With Produce From 700 Foot Edible Wall

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Rooftop farming still looking for big break in New York City

Zadok Zvi, the landlord, and Ben Silverman at Edenworks’ greenhouse in Bushwick.

With world food prices falling by 20 percent since 2011, according to the UN, profitability has only become more of an issue.

By Rew
Real Estate Weekly
Mar 4, 2015


Edenworks is about as modern as a farm can get. In planters stacked to the ceiling of a sunlit, 800-s/f greenhouse, the startup is growing bok choi, arugula, turnips, sage and lettuce. The plants are fertilized with waste water from fish tanks, where Edenworks is raising Tilapia. In the process of fertilization, the water is filtered and ultimately returns to the tanks, beginning the cycle anew. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of this complex procedure – called aquaponic farming – is that it all takes place on the rooftop of a small commercial building in Bushwick.

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$30M ‘vertical farm’ to bring jobs to Newark, New Jersey

A group of investors is turning an old industrial building in Newark into the headquarters to technology farming company AeroFarm, the group announced today. A rendering of the Newark headquarters, which the company says will open its first phase during the second half of this year. (Courtesy AeroFarm)

The project plans to bring 78 jobs to the city by the end of 2015.

By Jessica Mazzola
NJ Advance Media for
March 09, 2015


The state’s largest city will be home to the largest indoor vertical farm in the world, according to an announcement today from an investment group backing the development.

The RBH Group, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Prudential Financial Inc., and AeroFarms have partnered with Newark city officials and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority on a $30 million renovation that will turn an old industrial site into a vertical urban farm, the group announced in a release today.

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10,000-sq-metre roof top farm makes waves in China

A large farm has been built on top of a factory in southwest China’ s Chongqing Municipality. The farm features crops, livestock and even a tractor.

The Economic Times
Mar 6, 2015
(Must see. Mike)

This 10,000-square-metre farm in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality may look ordinary at first glance.

But this is an exceptional farm situated on top of a sprawling factory that manufactures doors. It is big enough that a tractor is needed to help with farming.

The factory’s staff grow crops there, as well as raise poultry and livestock.

Factory official Lu Xiaoqing explained the company’s rationale for setting it up. “It would be a waste if we left the big rooftop unused. That’s why we created a farming project that involves our staff,” he was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

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Enthusiastic terrace farmers in IT community – Bangalore, India

Image courtesy: facebook/vani.murthy

“Today, gardening has become my yoga.”

Sindhu M V
Feb 21, 2015


The IT citizens of Bangalore, have been some of the most enthusiastic group of people who have taken to OTG in a big way. Vijay Satish is one among them. Even though his interest in gardening can be traced to his childhood, but terrace gardening was something his family had never explored. He says, “During my childhood, our garden had only ornamental plants. But when we had to construct a new house, our garden could no longer be accommodated. That’s when I began to use the terrace for growing plants, mostly vegetables and fruits.” The 2000 sq ft of terrace is crowned with ordinary as well as exotic plants.

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Wyoming Vertical Farm will produce 37,000 pounds of greens, 4,400 pounds of herbs, and 44,000 pounds of tomatoes

Under construction and design of the finished vertical farm.

Vertical Harvest broke ground in December and expects to be up and running by early 2016.

By Garnet Henderson
City Lab
Feb 17, 2015


Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole will be a three-story, 13,500-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse. It is situated on a skinny, leftover parcel of public land, 150 feet long by just 30 feet wide, next to a parking garage. The greenhouse will operate year-round and grow as much produce annually as would come from five acres of traditional agriculture. Ninety-five percent of Vertical Harvest’s eventual production is already under pre-purchase agreements with local restaurants and grocery stores.

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February 28, 2015   Comments Off

Infographic: How many ways can a building grow food?

Above are five innovative indoor farms across the world along with their AVF typologies. Click here for full image.

The data was commissioned by the U.S.-based Indoor Agriculture Conference

The Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) aims to educate industry leaders and the public on the possibilities of integrating food production into cities. It believes it is essential that professionals and the public alike understand that there is a multitude of ways to integrate food production. In response to this challenge, the AVF has developed a 7 factor typology for integration, based upon existing urban agriculture case studies.

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Downtown St. Louis To Sprout Its First Rooftop Farm

Urban Harvest STL’s new farm will cover 10,000 sq. ft. on the roof of a two-story building in downtown St. Louis.
Credit Artist’s rendition courtesy of HOK. Click on image for larger image.

The project received $33,000 in seed funding from Rally Saint Louis, a crowdfunding platform.

By Véronique Lacapra
St Louis Public Radio
Feb 12, 2015


The non-profit’s founding director, Mary Ostafi, said the 10,000 sq. ft. rooftop will be more than just a community garden. “We’re going to have an outdoor classroom, as well as a gathering space for community events,” Ostafi said. “We’ll be raising chickens and tending bees.”

The new farm will be planted on the roof of a storage facility at the corner of 14th Street and Constitution Plaza.

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Australia: Rooftops offer a viable and sustainable space for growing edible produce

Dr Sara Wilkinson tends a tomato crop on a rooftop above Broadway at UTS. Photo: Peter Morris.

She is developing a template for a rooftop farming licence agreement that will set out the terms, roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in rooftop food production.

By Robin Powell
Sydney Morning Herald
February 17, 2015


The UTS study compared three types of gardens on the roof of three campus buildings. Vegetables and herbs were grown in a raised bed, a vertical garden and a wicking bed. (A wicking bed waters plants from below through a capillary action that draws water from a reservoir in the base of the container. The soil is separated from the water by a layer of geotextile fabric, and the plant roots take up moisture as needed. The reservoir means that watering – the most labour-intensive aspect of container-gardening – is reduced from every second day to about once a week.)

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Exploring The Potential For Urban Food Production On Sydney’s Rooftops.


A little explored environmental gain in Sydney is the retrofit of roofs for urban food production.

By Associate Professor Sara J Wilkinson & Lindsay Page
Faculty of Design Architecture and Built Environment, UTS, Australia


There are environmental, economic and social benefits of retrofitting rooftops on city buildings for food production. Environmental benefits include lower carbon food miles, potential reductions in building related operational carbon emissions, reductions in the urban heat island, increases in bio-diversity and reductions in storm-water run-off. Economically, the benefits are reduced roof maintenance costs, lower running costs and direct access to fresh food. Thirdly the social or community gains are the creation of spaces where people can engage in growing food. Psychological and therapeutic gains accrue when people engage with natural environments. However there are barriers which include perceptions of greater risk of building leaks, high costs of installation and maintenance, and access and security issues.

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Practical guide ‘Rooftop greenhouses’


English edition just published

Feb 2015

The practical guide on the idea, planning and implementation of rooftop greenhouses entitled “There’s something growing on the roof” has now been translated into English. It has been produced on the basis of the comprehensive and professional knowledge-output of the three-year research project “ZFarm – Urban Agriculture of the Future”.

It can either be used as an inspiration for developing ideas of rooftop farming, or it can even serve as practical assistance for planning and implementing a concrete greenhouse project.

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February 17, 2015   Comments Off

Father of India’s Terrace Gardening

drDr. Viswanath in his terrace garden.

Bangalore has over 5,000 terrace gardens now, with an increasing interest among youngsters.

By Shreya Pareek
The Better India
January 23, 2015


“For some reason we were not able to land on time and were flying over the city. That’s when I saw the rooftops of houses and thought about the rising temperature of Bangalore city. The idea came to me that if these open rooftops could be covered, it could help to reduce the temperature, and that is why I thought about bringing terrace gardening into the picture,” he says.

One of his favourite gardens is located in Hyderabad and is probably the oldest terrace garden in India. This 35 year old garden hosts trees like banana, guava and sapota, and the entire terrace is covered with plants, trees and grass. Dr. Kadur believes that with the government’s support, the country should be able to meet its vegetable needs through urban gardeners.

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February 11, 2015   Comments Off

Philips GreenPower LED production module advantageous in Vertical City Farms

City farming – ‘Deliscious’ (Netherlands) ‘Deliscious’ grows lettuce plants in a seven-layer set-up within a special climate-controlled room measuring 20 x 40 x 40 m (W x L x H). By using GreenPower LED production modules it grows a young plant in just 30 days – throughout the year. Conventional greenhouse growing in the winter takes around 100 days. The farm owners say that an 800 m2 multilayered system produces as much crop as a 10,000 m2 conventional greenhouse farm.

Philips offers city farmers and greenhouse growers extensive support in the form of calculations and light plans by technical experts, as well as cultivation advice from in-house plant specialists.

Press Release
Royal Philips introduces GreenPower LED production module
Feb 2015

Rosemont, IL and Markham, ON – Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, is introducing a new GreenPower LED production module for multilayer applications. The new solution is especially advantageous in vertical city farms as well as for the propagation of young plants. It offers significantly more control, improved and uniform crop quality and energy savings of up to 75 per cent. The energy-efficient LEDs also give off less heat and create a more uniform light distribution, making the module ideal for conditioned environments.

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