Wednesday, July 8, 2020

City Agriculture - July 8, 2020

Montreal plans a biodiversity corridor through the city
http://www.civiliti.com/projects/biodiversity-corridor-113
https://inhabitat.com/montreal-unveils-plans-for-award-winning-biodiversity-corridor/

Singapore’s EDEN apartments finished - 20 storeys built around gardens
http://www.heatherwick.com/projects/buildings/eden/
https://inhabitat.com/heatherwick-studio-completes-nature-filled-eden-apartments-in-singapore/

Babylon Bridge - a proposed multi-storey garden and pedestrian bridge for Paris
https://inhabitat.com/babylon-bridge-features-hanging-gardens-over-the-seine/
http://rescubika.com

Citizen scientist finds 573 species in his Cambridge, UK “ordinary-sized” city garden
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-52840241
hat tip:  boingboing.net

Guerrilla Grafters - "grafting fruit-producing limbs onto sterile urban trees, specifically bred not to bear fruit"
https://returntonow.net/2020/05/30/guerilla-grafters-secretly-graft-fruit-bearing-branches-onto-sterile-city-trees/

Victoria, BC distributes vegetable seedlings for free
https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/victoria-bc-you-can-get-vegetable-seedlings-free.html

Paris’ Saint Gobains tower has gardens on all floors
https://inhabitat.com/gardens-grow-on-all-floors-of-saint-gobains-crystalline-hq/
http://www.v-p.com/en

Wellesley College Global Flora greenhouse "exceeds the Net Zero Water & Energy requirements of the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous certification of sustainable construction."
http://www.kvarch.net/projects/133
https://inhabitat.com/wellesleys-global-flora-greenhouse-can-generate-all-of-its-own-energy/


Amsterdam’s worm hotels
https://youtu.be/1I2ECk6R5Kw
https://wormenhotel.nl - in Dutch but pictures!

Urban Agriculture and Climate Change: “The New Normal”
Thursday, July 9 (through August 20)
Online
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-agriculture-and-climate-change-the-new-normal-tickets-110206065308
Join Instructor Mason Trappio to gain an understanding of how climate change affects the urban farmer and the growth of new crops.
This course informs the urban and peri-urban farmer about how climate change affects them and provides strategies for how to successfully adapt. 
Length of Course: 1 hour 
Dates: 
July 9, 2020
July 23, 2020
August 6, 2020
August 20, 2020 
Course Fees: Free 
Course Description:
Our growing environments are affected, to varing degrees, by climate change. Increased temperatures, greenhouse emissions, and insect populations all challenge our farming operations. In this course, you will gain an understanding of how climate change affects the urban farmer, and new crops to grow in this New Normal. 
Credentials Earned: This a noncredit stand-alone course. 
What You Will Learn: 
How climate change can impact farming operations 
How to use cover crops to mitigate climate change 
How to use climate-smart crops in the face of climate change 
Who should participate? Anyone can participate 
Registration Information:  TBA
Course Instructor: Mason Trappio 
For further information about the course, please contact course instructor Mason Trappio directly at mason.trappio@gmail.com, or Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education, Che Axum, directly at mchezaji.axum@udc.edu.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

City Agriculture - May 27, 2020

“Tree-like” vertical farms for Brooklyn?
https://www.framlab.com/glasir
https://www.core77.com/posts/94000/Could-These-Tree-Like-Vertical-Farms-Be-the-Future-of-Urban-Farming

Underground parking lot to organic mushroom farm in Paris (the ONLY organic farm in the city - so far)
https://medium.com/fab-city-grand-paris/our-maker-farmers-visit-the-mushroom-urban-farm-in-paris-c653e87c026e
https://lacaverne.co/en/cavern-urban-farm/

How urban trees and hedges help cut air pollution
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/18/plantwatch-how-urban-trees-and-hedges-help-cut-air-pollution
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1352231018308938

Can local food feed an urban world?
https://anthropocenemagazine.org/2016/10/can-local-food-feed-an-urban-world/

Green Concept House - a zero-waste, 100% self-sustaining home, including growing food
https://www.archdaily.com/934277/green-house-yang-design
https://inhabitat.com/a-zero-waste-self-sustaining-home-of-the-future/

Safezone Shelter - air pollution protection using plants in a shelter in Bangkok
https://inhabitat.com/futuristic-safezone-shelter-battles-air-pollution-in-thailand-with-a-green-oasis/

Vertical Oasis - concept for a green solar-powered skyscraper
https://faab.pl/en/vertical-oasis/
https://inhabitat.com/architects-envision-a-green-solar-powered-skyscraper/

12 “agrihoods"
https://charterforcompassion.org/shareable-community-ideas/12-agrihoods-taking-farm-to-table-living-mainstream

Link City - proposed self-sustainable city-forest, using an urban operating system with an AI (Artificial Intelligence)
https://www.lucacurci.com/portfolio/the-link-city.html
https://inhabitat.com/luca-curci-architects-designs-a-zero-energy-smart-city-of-the-future/

City farms underground
https://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/the-massive-farms-emerging-beneath-our-cities.html

Green wall made from clay tiles also provides natural cooling
https://inhabitat.com/this-green-wall-uses-upcycled-clay-tiles-for-natural-cooling/

Which trees reduce air pollution best
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200504-which-trees-reduce-air-pollution-best

Thursday, February 13, 2020

City Agriculture - February 13, 2020

Sead microplanters - growing system using recycled plastic planters and chain link fence
https://www.plantseads.com
https://inhabitat.com/sead-pod-offers-grassroots-solution-to-air-pollution-and-global-warming/

Car Parks 2.0 - asphalt parking lots transformed into gardens and charging terminals for electric vehicles
https://www.studionab.fr/car-park-2-0
https://inhabitat.com/studio-nab-wants-to-rehab-parking-lots-into-energy-producing-urban-gardens/
Editorial Comment: Car Parks 3.0 said to be coming soon from Studio NAB

Smart Forest City for Cancun, Mexico "conceived to be completely food and energy self-sufficient"
https://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/en/project/smart-forest-city-cancun/
https://inhabitat.com/first-smart-forest-city-in-mexico-will-be-100-food-and-energy-self-sufficient/

LIFE Hamburg, a new energy self-sufficient educational campus that will “reinvent learning” for 1,600 students scheduled to open 2023, the solar-powered sustainable building will feature a carbon dioxide-absorbing green facade and an organic rooftop garden
https://www.l-a-v-a.net/projects/life-hamburg/
https://inhabitat.com/lava-designs-carbon-neutral-life-hamburg-with-an-edible-green-roof/

Bangkok plans for miles of greenways
https://shmadesigns.com/work/10-kilometers/
https://inhabitat.com/shmas-bangkok-green-link-wants-to-add-over-30-miles-of-greenways-to-bangkok/

Largest green wall in Europe will absorb 8 tons of pollution per year
https://www.sheppardrobson.com/architecture/view/citicape-house
https://www.dezeen.com/2019/11/11/citicape-house-green-wall-architecture-sheppard-robson/
https://inhabitat.com/the-largest-green-wall-in-europe-will-absorb-8-tons-of-air-pollution-per-year/

Detroit’s urban agrihood
https://theheartysoul.com/first-sustainable-urban-agrihood/

Underground farm in Liverpool, UK
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/26/farming-of-the-future-rise-of-hydroponic-food-labs-thomas-myers
NB:  As long as it doesn’t displace the Cavern Club 

Pittsburgh’s urban gardens and gentrification
https://civileats.com/2019/12/06/pittsburgh-grows-urban-gardens-in-the-fight-against-gentrification/

Half of new indoor growers have no ag experience
http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/180677/half-of-new-indoor-growers-have-no-ag-experience
Editorial Comment:  This is a result of treating everything as an Internet start-up in the go-goingest of the Tech Boom years and the boom/bust cycle of the capitalistic structure of our present market system.

Sherpa Light - a tunable light to grow anything
https://www.sherpaspace.co.kr/sherpa-light
https://www.sherpaspace.co.kr
https://inhabitat.com/sherpa-light-for-indoor-farming-wins-ces-2020-innovation-award/

Growing food in a refugee camp - mattresses as a grow medium
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-51466978/how-mattresses-could-solve-hunger

Thursday, November 7, 2019

City Agriculture - November 7, 2019

Net Zero plant-filled Singapore pavilion for Dubai’s 2020 World Expo
https://www.dezeen.com/2019/08/29/woha-singapore-pavilion-dubai-expo-2020-architecture/
https://inhabitat.com/woha-unveils-a-lush-net-zero-singapore-pavilion-for-the-2020-world-expo/
https://www.woha.net

Forest planted in an Austrian stadium as an art piece:  For Forest - the Unending Attraction of Nature
https://forforest.net/en/
Curator getting death threats from far right because of it
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/klaus-littmann-for-forest-controversy-1651549

Self-charging solar electric vehicle with air purifying moss interior
https://sonomotors.com
https://inhabitat.com/sono-motors-self-charging-solar-electric-car-will-feature-an-air-purifying-moss-interior/

UK’s WWII Dig for Victory campaign, by 1943, most households had their own garden plot, with businesses and public parks also giving land to food growing
https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-49715638

Brisbane, Australia growing the largest urban farm network in the world
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-29/growing-a-vision-of-australias-largest-urban-farm-network/11553622

Living Pavilion in Annecy, France
http://www.behinha.com/projects#/living-pavilion-v2

ReGen Village - a real estate developer planning to build food and energy self-reliant communities
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/business/james-ehrlich-environment-neighborhood.html

Mobile Food Lab in a refurbished bus
https://www.core77.com/posts/90221/Mobile-Food-Lab-Is-a-Refurbished-Bus-Designed-to-Educate-Students-on-Healthy-and-Sustainable-Eating-Habits

Cities and Circular Economy for Food
https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/publications/cities-and-circular-economy-for-food

Algae wall for water purification
https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/news/indian-architect-has-created-an-algae-wall-to-purify-polluted-water-without-harmful-chemicals-377848.html

MIT Media Lab Open Agricultural Initiative closed 
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/business/mit-media-lab-epstein.html
Editorial Comment:  MIT should be ashamed of itself for this fraud which may sully the reputation of genuine advanced agricultural research

Saving one of Manila’s last urban fields through collective farming
https://globalvoices.org/2019/11/03/will-collective-farming-by-artists-save-one-of-manilas-remaining-urban-fields/

Friday, September 6, 2019

City Agriculture - September 6, 2019

How urban farms could solve future food problems
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2019/6/21/how-urban-farms-could-solve-future-food-problems

Tenth of an acre permaculture garden
https://returntonow.net/2017/12/23/urban-garden-produces-7000-pounds-food-per-year-tenth-acre-without-synthetic-fertilizer/
Editorial Comment:  I remember that New Alchemy Institute once produced a study that showed you could grow enough vegetables for a person for a year on about a thirteenth of an acre but my memory may be faulty and it was back in the 1970s.

Floating dairy farm in the Netherlands
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/dairy-farming-at-sea/

Utrecht’s bus stops have green roofs for bees and other ecosystem services
https://www.facebook.com/EcoWatch/videos/686362638492157/UzpfSTE1MTEyODQ5NjY6MTAyMTQzMDYxOTc0MzgwOTc/

The Coral: Home Algae Farming
http://ulr.im/pages/thecoral.html
https://inhabitat.com/risd-student-designs-a-micro-algae-farm-for-home-use/

Green city street furniture purifies air with moss
https://www.dezeen.com/2018/03/21/moss-covered-citytree-bench-combats-urban-pollution-london-uk/
https://greencitysolutions.de/en/solutions/#aircleanair
https://greencitysolutions.de/en/

Artificial water purification, air freshening, and energy producing “trees” for Ho Chi Minh City park
https://www.aspect-studios.com/insights/lava-aspect-studios-win-central-park-competition/
https://www.l-a-v-a.net/projects/central-park-hcmc/
https://inhabitat.com/sustainable-central-park-with-energy-producing-trees-unveiled-for-ho-chi-minh-city/

Charles River Floating Wetland
https://www.charlesfloatingwetland.com
Editorial Comment:  John Todd’s Healing Earth is a great introduction to ecology systems building:
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/576932/healing-earth-by-john-todd/9781623172985/
My review of the book:  https://solarray.blogspot.com/2019/03/healing-earth-through-waters.html

Vertical forest building for Cairo Science Center
https://inhabitat.com/vertical-forest-buildings-designed-by-stefano-boeri-set-to-center-new-cairo-administrative-district/
https://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/en/

Aquaculture and solar production - Aqua-PV
https://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/press-media/news/2019/aqua-pv-project-shrimps-combines-aquaculture-and-photovoltaics.html
https://cleantechnica.com/2019/08/29/shrimp-fish-solar-a-recipe-for-success/

Paris to open world’s largest rooftop urban farm
https://www.facebook.com/EcoWatch/videos/944372802568104/UzpfSTE1MTEyODQ5NjY6MTAyMTQ2NTQ5MzUxOTYzMjM/

"A Greenhouse Large Enough to Feed the Eastern Seaboard” - or The Attack of the Giant Greenhouses!!!
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/business/appharvest-greenhouse-kentucky-agriculture.html

Friday, June 21, 2019

City Agriculture - June 21, 2019

Urban farming solutions from IKEA  will be available as early as 2021
https://www.core77.com/posts/88258/Tom-Dixon-and-IKEAs-Urban-Farming-Solutions-Will-Be-Available-as-Early-as-2021

Brasserie 250 - a pop-up restaurant which grows the food it serves with zero waste
http://overtreders-w.nl/lowlands
https://www.archdaily.com/915973/brasserie-2050-restaurant-overtreders-w
https://inhabitat.com/brasserie-2050-restaurant-pops-up-as-a-prototype-for-sustainable-food-service/

Inno-3b's vertical farming system is enhancing grocery stores in Canada
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2019/5/22/this-vertical-farming-system-is-enhancing-grocery-stores
http://www.inno-3b.com

Atlanta, GA votes to plant a 7 acre public food forest, the largest in the USA
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/445202-atlanta-to-transform-7-acres-of-vacant-property-into-countrys-largest

Parisian street gardens
https://www.facebook.com/sbsnews/videos/647405352381625/

Urban farmers transform Vancouver lawns into vegetable gardens
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/city-beet-farm-vancouver-1.5149810

"In 1942, roughly 15 million families planted victory gardens; by 1944, an estimated 20 million victory gardens produced roughly 8 million tons of food—which was the equivalent of more than 40 percent of all the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States.”
https://www.history.com/news/americas-patriotic-victory-gardens
Editorial Comment:  Just a reminder of what is possible

Food Forest Open Source Hub
https://www.onecommunityglobal.org/food-forest/

Urban vineyard for a new research center in Milan
https://carloratti.com/project/vitae-milan/
https://inhabitat.com/a-massive-urban-vineyard-will-envelop-a-new-research-center-in-milan/

NYC office building to become a butterfly sanctuary with a green facade
http://www.terreform.org/projects_butterfly.html
https://www.core77.com/posts/88799/This-SoHo-Office-Building-Will-Double-as-a-Monarch-Butterfly-Sanctuary

Mobile Food Lab
https://www.mobilefoodlab.org
https://designawards.core77.com/Transportation/84742/Mobile-Food-Lab

Open Kitchens Project - pop up dinners from immigrant chefs with curated community conversations
https://www.openkitchensproject.com
https://scoutsomerville.com/open-kitchens-open-conversations/

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

City Agriculture - May 15, 2019

Singapore Airlines reinventing airplane food with produce from a vertical farm
https://www.newsweek.com/singapore-airlines-aerofarm-1376378

Agritech innovations
https://cleantechnica.com/2019/04/03/future-farms-agritech-innovations-to-feed-a-changing-planet/

Fraunhofer Reports Combining Farming With Solar 186% More Efficient In Summer Of 2018
https://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/press-media/press-releases/2019/agrophotovoltaics-hight-harvesting-yield-in-hot-summer-of-2018.html
https://cleantechnica.com/2019/04/12/fraunhofer-reports-combining-farming-with-solar-186-more-efficient-in-summer-of-2018/
Editorial Comment:  The Japanese have been combining agriculture with solar electricity for a decade or two now.

The Circular Garden - a temporary pavilion made from mushrooms for Milan Design Week
https://carloratti.com/project/the-circular-garden/
https://inhabitat.com/cra-grows-a-sustainable-pavilion-out-of-mushrooms-in-just-6-weeks/

University of Toronto Scarborough & Centennial College developing Canada’s first net zero vertical farm
https://utsc.utoronto.ca/news-events/our-community/u-t-scarborough-centennial-college-partnering-develop-canadas-first-net-zero-vertical
https://www.treehugger.com/resilience/university-toronto-planning-net-zero-vertical-farm.html
Editorial Comment:  Good to see more people thinking about net zero in relation to vertical farming but Treehugger is correct to criticize the idea for using arable land instead of, say, brownfields

Online urban agriculture class from UMass begins May 20, 2019
https://www.morningagclips.com/urban-agriculture-is-the-focus-of-new-online-class/
https://onlinesustfoodfarm.com

5000 square foot garden and apiary as Staten Island apartment house amenities
https://www.urbystatenisland.com
https://inhabitat.com/this-apartment-building-in-staten-island-has-a-5000-square-foot-urban-farm/

"Following in the footsteps of Toronto, San Francisco, Denver, and Portland, Oregon, all new residential and commercial buildings in the city [NYC] must top roofs with either plants, solar panels, mini wind turbines—or a combination of all three.”
https://www.dwell.com/article/new-york-city-requires-green-roofs-on-new-buildings-ede4deb8
Editorial Comment:  The same act's "Dirty Building Bill" aims to slash the carbon emissions of all buildings over 25,000 square feet by 80% by 2050 through energy-saving solutions and retrofits such as installing better insulation.

NYC’s eco-park PIer 35
https://www.shoparc.com/projects/pier-35/
https://inhabitat.com/nycs-new-eco-park-and-urban-beach-is-designed-to-help-clean-the-waterfront/

Algae “biocurtains” from Photo.Synth.Etica absorb carbon from urban air
https://www.photosynthetica.co.uk/urban-algae-clad
https://www.core77.com/posts/88205/Could-Algae-Based-Biocurtains-Make-Our-Cities-Healthier?utm_source=core77&utm_medium=from_title

Engineers create plants that glow:  Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting
http://news.mit.edu/2017/engineers-create-nanobionic-plants-that-glow-1213

Growing food in the Arctic - polar permaculture
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-48257139/meet-the-arctic-farmer-hoping-to-make-his-town-more-sustainable
https://www.polarpermaculture.com/tours