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

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

City Agriculture - March 27, 2019

Solar microgrid powers indoor farm
https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/22/solar-microgrid-to-power-indoor-farm-all-year-round/
https://boweryfarming.com

Greenhouse on Mt Everest growing food at 13,100 feet
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mount-everest-greenhouse-13100-feet-one-worlds-highest-gardens-180971318/

Indigo Ag:  "Harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. Indigo improves grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health through the use of natural microbiology and digital technologies.”
https://www.indigoag.com

Planter Box House in Kuala Lumpur - gardens on every floor
http://www.formzero.net/wp/2018/12/07/planter-box-house/
https://www.archdaily.com/910200/planter-box-house-formzero
https://inhabitat.com/brilliant-home-made-out-of-cascading-concrete-planter-boxes-grows-more-than-40-types-of-edible-plants/

Eco-balcony - aquaponics for a balcony in Hanoi and other designs
http://farmingarchitects.com/eco-bancony/ban-cong-xanh/2/
https://inhabitat.com/aquaponic-gardens-bring-life-to-an-unused-balcony-in-an-architects-office/

Houseplant patent EULA [End User License Agreement]: "Asexual reproduction using scions, buds or cutting is strictly prohibited"
https://boingboing.net/2019/02/05/houseplant-patent-eula-asex.html
Editorial Comment:  Who owns your DNA?

Can agritecture make cities self-sufficient?
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2019/feb/09/can-agritecture-make-cities-self-sufficient-in-pictures

"OGarden Smart can grow up to 90 fruits and veggies at once, so you can enjoy an abundance of super fresh food. Automatic watering makes using OGarden Smart virtually effortless, and the automatic low energy consumption LEDs simulate the perfect amount of sunlight, offering optimal year round growth."
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ogarden/ogarden-smart/description

Superfarm “strives to recreate an ecosystem in an urban environment. Seaweed culture, beekeeping, insect farming, aquaponics and also various greenhouse cultivations and outdoor cultures, allow each living being to serve the growth of the others” powered entirely by renewables
https://www.studionab.fr/superfarm
https://inhabitat.com/superfarm-design-envisions-an-urban-vertical-farm-that-is-energy-self-sufficient/

Brot - light that grows sprouts too
https://www.thisisbrot.com

Large food-producing green roof for Tainan, Taiwan
https://worldarchitecture.org/architecture-news/epngm/mvrdv-to-create-wavy-green-landscapedroof-for-a-vegetable-market-in-tainan.html
https://inhabitat.com/mvrdv-designed-market-in-taiwan-will-grow-food-on-a-massive-green-roof/

“…urban farming experts Square Roots and food distribution giant Gordon Food Service announced that the location of their partnership’s first urban farm campus will be in Wyoming, Michigan”
https://cleantechnica.com/2019/03/26/square-roots-gordon-food-service-announce-first-urban-farm-campus-location/

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

City Agriculture - January 22, 2019

Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore - a building growing green a year and a half after being finished
http://www.woha.net//#Oasia-Hotel-Downtown

Restoration of Temperate House, UKs largest Victorian greenhouse
http://www.donaldinsallassociates.co.uk/projects/project/temperate-house-royal-botanic-gardens
https://www.archdaily.com/901076/temperate-house-donald-insall-associates
https://inhabitat.com/worlds-largest-victorian-glasshouse-receives-a-glorious-restoration/

Greenbelly, a vertical grow wall infill design for urban food production
http://www.greenbelly.org
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1903306293/greenbelly-vertical-urban-garden
https://www.facebook.com/GreenBelly.org/
https://twitter.com/TheGreenBelly/
https://www.treehugger.com/modular-design/greenbelly-avl-studio-camille-lassale.html

Barangaroo House - 3 story restaurant and bar building edged with ornamental and edible plants 
https://www.archdaily.com/899710/barangaroo-house-collins-and-turner
https://www.collinsandturner.com/architecture/barangaroo-house/
https://www.barangaroohouse.com.au

80 Acres Farms building first fully automated indoor farm in Hamilton, OH
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lanabandoim/2018/09/25/first-fully-automated-indoor-farm-being-built-in-ohio/#3ecf6f866404
https://www.eafarms.com

"Farmscape is the largest urban farming venture in the country. We design, install and manage urban farms, ranging from residential backyards to multi-acre agrihoods.”
https://farmscapegardens.com

Solar Foods - a Finnish start-up venture which will make food from electricity, water, hydrogen, and trace elements to feed microbes which have "a protein content of up to 60 percent and an amino acid composition similar to soybeans or algae"
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/solar-foods-readies-hydrogen-to-protein-pilot#gs.FA7Ttcg

Copenhagen rooftop farm to close because it has no parking?
https://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/copenhagens-famous-rooftop-farm-may-have-close-because-it-has-no-parking.html

Urban forestry resources from Rocky Mountain Institute's Carbon-Free City Handbook
https://rmi.org/insight/the-carbon-free-city-handbook-biological-resources/

Algae Clad - “urban curtain” which "captures CO2 from the atmosphere and stores it in real-time: approximately one kilo of CO2 per day, equivalent to that of 20 large trees,” a photobioreactor in a digitally designed and custom made bioplastic container which uses daylight to feed the living micro-algal cultures and releases luminescence at night
https://www.photosynthetica.co.uk/urban-algae-clad
https://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/algaeclad-photosynthetica-ecologicstudio.html

Rivendale Farms - Automated smaller acreage agriculture for a "boutique, cutting-edge farm, enabled by technology, that produces great food” with a billion dollar backer
https://rivendalefarms.com
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/technology/farm-technology-milkers-robots.html
Editorial Comment:  There are quite a few billionaires interested and investing in agriculture:  Jeremy Grantham, Warren Buffett, whose son, Howard G. Buffett, earned his living as a  farmer, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates through their foundation, Kat Taylor, wife of Tom Steyer, and many others.

Osram’s Phytofy LED lighting system - tunable LEDs for horticultural research (and development)
https://www.osram.com/pia/horticulture-products.jsp
https://inhabitat.com/this-high-tech-led-lighting-could-grow-veggies-in-space/

Thursday, August 30, 2018

City Agriculture - August 30, 2018

Rooftop farm for NYC’s Javits Convention Center
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/24/nyregion/manhattan-rooftop-farm-javits.html
PS:  Javits Center already has an apiary
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/10/nyregion/atop-a-manhattan-convention-center-a-harvest-of-honey.html

Edible Academy in NYC teaches urban gardening
http://www.cooperrobertson.com/work/new_york_botanical_garden_edible_academy
https://inhabitat.com/the-leed-gold-seeking-edible-academy-teaches-urban-farming-in-nyc/

Hog hotels - vertical agriculture for livestock 
https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/pig-city-gets-built-southern-china.htmls
Editorial Comment:  I have questions about this

Floating Park in Rotterdam made from recycled plastic
http://www.recycledpark.com/
http://www.recycledisland.com/about.html
Editorial Comment:  Aztecs and other South American peoples built floating gardens for hundreds of years.  They called them chinampas

A Vision of Smarter Cities Through Agriculture
https://youtu.be/LLhVki05YhA
Editorial Comment:  I have questions about overly “entrepreneurial” and “hi-tech” urban agriculture

New Harvest 2018 Conference
New Harvest will host an honest, accessible–and lively!–discussion around the opportunities and challenges surrounding the current state of research in the emerging field of cellular agriculture, including the various commercial applications of cellular agriculture, tech readiness, and how this innovative food technology might be communicated to consumers.
Speakers and exhibitors this year will include new cultured meat companies Higher Steaks, Kiran Meats, Fork & Goode, New Age Meats, and veterans from parallel industries, including Caleb Harper of the MIT Open Agriculture Initiative, Ronald Stotish of AquaBounty Technologies, and Jack Bobo of Intrexon. Full program details can be found at 
http://2018.new-harvest.org

Algae covered buildings
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180706-the-homes-that-could-be-covered-in-algae

Tower Grove East community orchard in danger
https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/tower-grove-orchard-faces-demise-amid-community-support/63-574595778

"Move Over, Community Gardens: Edible Forests Are Sprouting Up Across America"
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/move-over-community-gardens-edible-forests-are-sprouting-across-america
Editorial Comment:  Back in the late 1970s, MA had the Fruition Program which provided some funding and technical support for food-producing trees and bushes on public access lands.  Thanks to then State Representative Mel King, a pioneering thinker who promoted an urban/rural coalition that remade MA local agriculture.

Urban farm and restaurant in Urecht, Netherlands
https://inhabitat.com/an-urban-farm-and-restaurant-flourishes-in-utrechts-circular-pavilion/
https://www.cepezed.nl/messages/615-cepezed-snapt-wat-circulair-ontwerpen-is

World’s first floating dairy farm in Rotterdam, Netherlands
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45130010
Editorial Comment:  I guess Noah’s Ark doesn’t count.

INFARM’s modular urban farming network 
https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/27/growing-without-farming/

Monday, June 18, 2018

City Agriculture - June 18, 2018

Building the largest hanging gardens since Babylon
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arbreauxherons/larbre-aux-herons-the-herons-tree
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/03/worlds-largest-hanging-garden-herons-tree/
https://inhabitat.com/this-french-art-collective-is-building-the-worlds-largest-hanging-garden/

Arboricole - A Biophilic Project Focused Smart Building by architect Vincent Callebaut
http://vincent.callebaut.org/object/180314_arboricole/arboricole/projects/user
https://inhabitat.com/vincent-callebauts-arboricole-tower-brings-vertical-agriculture-to-the-city/

Mobile Greenhouse Office And Garden 
http://enormestudio.es/mountain-in-the-moon/
https://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/mountain-on-the-moon-enorme-studio-mini.html

Venlo, Netherlands city hall has a pollution removing green wall and a cradle-to-cradle design

Aggressively Organics’ indoor growing system "grow more lettuce in even a 10 x 10 room than a traditional organic farm can grow in a half acre of land"

Urban farming in Dallas, TX and a fellowship garden in Orange, CT

Anchorage, Alaska’s compost program

New Block Sustainable Design concept earns a patent - “live green roof" included
http://nggpartners.com/pdf/Socal-re.com-3.23.18.pdf


Agnes Denes Manhattan wheat field circa 1982

Other urban wheat fields:
London’s wheat field

Saturday, March 3, 2018

City Agriculture - March 4, 2018

Local Roots announces their container farms have achieved cost parity with traditional farming
https://www.localrootsfarms.com/press-releases/2017/12/12/local-roots-scales-up-after-cracking-the-code-for-vertical-farming
https://inhabitat.com/local-roots-shipping-container-farms-achieve-cost-parity-with-traditional-farming/

Growing food in polar climates
https://www.polarpermaculture.com/about - Norway
https://inuvikgreenhouse.com - Northwest Territories, Canada
https://inhabitat.com/new-antarctic-farm-will-grow-produce-despite-temperatures-of-100-degrees-f/ - Antarctica
https://inhabitat.com/the-farmers-growing-food-in-frigid-northern-latitudes/

Post disaster housing for resilience with rooftop gardens
https://www.dezeen.com/2017/10/21/rural-urban-framework-builds-post-disaster-housing-china-rooftop-farms/
https://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/rural-urban-frameworks-post-disaster-housing-rooftop-farms.html
http://www.rufwork.org/index.php?/project/jintai-village/

China’s sponge city technology - urban water management systems
https://cleantechnica.com/2017/12/29/shanghai-experiments-sponge-city-technology/

Todd Ecological - ecologically designed restoration systems
http://toddecological.com
Fuzhou, China 
http://www.toddecological.com/index.php?id=projects
Blackstone River
http://www.ecolandscaping.org/02/restoration/ecological-design-along-the-blackstone-creating-a-clean-riverwithin-a-river/

AgLanta Conference:  Smart Ag for Smart Cities:  Atlanta, GA March 27 -28
https://www.aglanta.org

Copenhagen lower-secondary school which includes greenhouses, roof gardens, and kitchens to teach children to grow and cook their own food
http://www.cfmoller.com/p/-en/New-Islands-Brygge-School-i3412.html
https://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-school-will-teach-children-how-to-grow-and-cook-their-own-food/

Bitcoin mining heats an aquaponics facility
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/bitcoin-mining-greenhouse-fish-farm-1.4470295
Editorial Comment:  Now if only the produce was part of a blockchain we’d have a buzzword trifecta!

Mushroom minifarms for mushrooms
http://www.smallhold.com
http://www.smallhold.com/smallhold/smallhold-projects

Big data study on the potential of urban agriculture
https://www.wired.com/story/big-data-suggests-big-potential-for-urban-farming/
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017EF000536/abstract
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017EF000536/full
hat tip Greg Watson

Riptide pedestrian bridge in Long Beach, CA with mini gardens
http://www.spfa.com/project/riptide-pedestrian-bridge/
https://inhabitat.com/wave-inspired-rainbow-bridge-in-long-beach-is-covered-in-mini-gardens-and-twinkling-led-lights/

Off-grid home in Kässel, Germany with food-producing roof garden
https://www.dezeen.com/2018/02/27/penda-self-sufficient-yin-yang-house-architecture-garden-roof-kassel-germany/
https://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-roof-garden-feeds-owners-in-proposed-off-grid-yin-yang-house/

How community gardens and block associations help stem urban violence
https://www.curbed.com/2018/2/27/17058094/chicago-crime-neighborhood-group-community

Truly, “You can fix all the world’s problems in a garden"
http://solarray.blogspot.com/2007/06/you-can-fix-all-worlds-problems-in.html