Thursday, March 16, 2023

City Agriculture - March 17, 2023

 Chinese natural restoration project

https://inhabitat.com/a-restoration-project-in-china-uses-a-sponge-system/


Urban Permaculture
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qXgbrIYcFE

Floating farm in Rotterdam
https://cleantechnica.com/2023/01/20/say-hello-to-the-floating-farm-in-rotterdam/

Editorial Comment:  Previous mentions of Rotterdam in City Agriculture
World’s first floating dairy farm in Rotterdam, Netherlands
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45130010
https://cityag.blogspot.com/2018/08/city-agriculture-august-30-2018.html

Floating Park in Rotterdam made from recycled plastic
http://www.recycledpark.com/
http://www.recycledisland.com/about.html
https://cityag.blogspot.com/2018/08/city-agriculture-august-30-2018.html
Editorial Comment:  The Floating Park seems to have vanished but the group behind it is still removing plastic from waterways.
Editorial Comment:  Aztecs and other South American peoples built floating gardens for hundreds of years.  They called them chinampas

A rooftop forest for Rotterdam
https://www.mvrdv.nl/news/2603/with-construction-almost-complete-depot-boijmans-van-beuningen-prepares-for-preview-opening-in-september
https://www.mvrdv.nl/news/2652/depot-boijmans-van-beuningen-rooftop-forest-awarded-rooftop-award-2020
https://inhabitat.com/an-award-winning-forest-tops-the-worlds-first-publicly-accessible-art-depot/
https://cityag.blogspot.com/2021/01/city-agriculture-january-20-2021-happy.html

Rotterdam’s roofscape - greening 10 million square feet of rooftops
https://www.c40.org/case-studies/cities100-rotterdam-mitigation-meets-adaptation-on-rotterdam-s-rooftops/
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5f082078d610926644d22e00/t/621e3b2a1ee23c373149cac0/1646148404157/URBANISTEN_Rotterdam_Rooftop_Potential_EN.pdf
https://www.fastcompany.com/90755913/inside-rotterdams-quest-to-green-10-million-square-feet-of-rooftops
https://cityag.blogspot.com/2022/07/city-agriculture-july-31-2022.html

Dallas TX plans for urban farms
https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/urban-farms-in-dallas-will-be-vital-to-a-healthier-population-city-officials-say-15696187
Dallas Climate Action Plan on food access
https://www.dallasclimateaction.com/foodaccess

How container farms can help with climate change
https://energynerdshow.com/episodes/mit-lab-explores-how-container-farms-can-help-with-climate-change
hat tip Bruce Biewald

Kroger partners with Gotham Greens to supply more than 1000 stores
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2023/2/9/kroger-expanding-gotham-greens-to-more-than-1000-stores

Japan’s agricultural decarbonization plan
https://sponsored.bloomberg.com/article/jco/japan-where-food-security-meets-innovation
Editorial Comment:  government press release

Thursday, January 19, 2023

City Agriculture - January 19, 2023

 3D printing houses with dirt, green walls and various crops built-in

https://www.fastcompany.com/90780034/bioconstruction-will-build-homes-out-of-flowering-3d-printed-dirt

Singapore skyscraper, Capita Spring, with a food forest on top and gardens throughout
https://big.dk/#projects-sing
https://inhabitat.com/this-is-how-singapore-does-vertical-biophilic-urbanism/

Reducing energy in Controlled Environment Agriculture [CEA]
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/10/18/5-organizations-trying-to-solve-ceas-energy-problems
Editorial Comment:  These are the only CEA operations I know of which designed energy efficiency into their systems from the beginning:
Net zero vertical farm in Chicago
http://inhabitat.com/food-waste-fuels-vertical-farming-in-chicago/
InFarm for supermarkets who want to grow their own food 
https://www.fastcompany.com/3058155/at-this-supermarket-the-produce-section-grows-its-own-produce

CO2 to boost plant growth in rooftop farming
https://interestingengineering.com/innovation/co2-boost-plant-growth-on-roof
https://www.wbur.org/news/2018/05/15/rooftop-garden-bu
hat tip to Nathan Phillips

BBC on carbon farming
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211020-carbon-farming-a-better-use-for-half-earths-land

BBC with Corteva, an agriscience company with roots in the DuPont companies, has produced three editions of eight half hour programs and three specials since 2021
https://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/

Growing wheat indoors and without soil
https://agfundernews.com/infarms-indoor-wheat-suggests-we-re-examine-the-realities-of-vertically-farmed-commodities

Cutting-edge tech made this tiny country a major exporter of food
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/interactive/2022/netherlands-agriculture-technology/
Editorial Comment:  If you can’t get past the Washington Post paywall, copy the address into https://archive.ph

Forest stadium for Milan, Italy (a design concept but not an actual project)
https://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/en/project/san-siro-an-international-forest-stadium-for-milano/
https://inhabitat.com/stefano-boeri-architetti-designs-a-forest-stadium-in-milan/

How Tunisia’s lagoon farms use saltwater from the Mediterranean Sea
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1387222141790782
hat tip to Monica Raymond

BBC asks “What if all our food was grown in indoor vertical farms?"
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230106-what-if-all-our-food-was-grown-in-indoor-vertical-farms

How to make vegetables last longer
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230118-how-to-make-fruit-and-vegetables-last-longer

Sunday, October 16, 2022

City Agriculture - October 16, 2022

 Salmon Wars:  The Dark Underbelly of Our Favorite Fishy Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins, "a critical look at the commercial salmon farming industry which now provides 90 percent of the salmon consumed by North Americans”

book:  https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250800305/salmonwars
CSPAN interview:  https://www.c-span.org/video/?522142-1/qa-douglas-frantz-catherine-collins-commercial-salmon-farming

A tropical garden inside Manaus, Brazil Innovation House provides passive cooling 
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/9/16/laurent-troost-revives-an-abandoned-structure-in-manaus-by-inserting-a-tropical-garden-inside

It’s Time to Make Cities More Rural
https://www.wired.com/story/why-its-time-to-make-cities-more-rural/
hat tip:  Gil Friend

NION - sustainable office building in Frankfurt am Main with gardens inside and out
https://www.unstudio.com/en/page/16495/nion
https://inhabitat.com/nion-to-be-one-of-frankfurts-most-sustainable-office-spaces/

Factory in Vietnam with walls of live plants
https://g8a-architects.com/project/jakob-factory/
https://inhabitat.com/the-jakob-factory-in-vietnam-builds-walls-out-of-live-plants/

Mary Mattingly, environmental artist working on urban food systems, among other things
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/30/t-magazine/mary-mattingly-art-climate.html

Edible Cities - turning parks into orchards and gardens where anyone can pick for free
https://wapo.st/3Mkk8tB (not sure this will get you past the paywall but it’s worth a shot)

Here are some of the resources mentioned in the WashPost article:
Edible Town, Andernach, Germany - https://www.andernach-tourismus.de/en/andernach/the-edible-town
Edible Cities Network - https://www.edicitnet.com
Endless Orchard - public access fruit trees around the world - https://endlessorchard.com/map/
Urban Food Forest, Atlanta, GA - https://www.aglanta.org/urban-food-forest-at-browns-mill-1/
Food Forests, Philadelphia, PA - https://www.phillyorchards.org/2020/06/10/philadelphias-food-forests/
Beacon Food Forest, Seattle, WA - https://beaconfoodforest.org
George Washington Carver Edible Park, Asheville, NC - https://www.facebook.com/Dr-George-Washington-Carver-Edible-Park-620672487948577
Bloomington, Ind Community Orchard - https://bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org/site/
Hyattsville, MD Food Forests - https://www.hyattsville.org/902/Food-Forests

Community orchards in the UK help preserve apples
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-63160292

This could be called planting for gleaning:
Boston Area Gleaners
https://www.bostonareagleaners.org
Agn├Ęs Varda’s two documentaries on gleaning:
The Gleaners and I
https://www.criterion.com/films/30368-the-gleaners-and-i
The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later
https://www.criterion.com/films/30564-the-gleaners-and-i-two-years-later

Sunday, September 11, 2022

City Agriculture - September 11, 2022

 Sweden’s first carbon-positive district, Ljusekulla integrates agriculture throughout its 80 hectares

https://www.skanska.se/en-us/about-skanska/sustainability/h22/ljusekulla/
hat tip:  We Don’t Have Time https://app.wedonthavetime.org/

Nemo’s Garden:  the first ever underwater cultivation of terrestrial plants
http://www.nemosgarden.com

“Walking forest” of 1000 trees for Dutch city
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/04/walking-forest-of-1000-trees-transforms-dutch-city-aoe

Winner of the Third Urban Greenhouse Challenge
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/8/1/gamification-x-modularity-the-key-to-socially-impactful-community-agriculture-thats-scalable
More on the Urban Greenhouse Challenge
https://urbangreenhousechallenge.nl/info
hat tip:  https://www.agritecture.com/

Artificial photosynthesis without sunlight
https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2022/06/23/artificial-photosynthesis-can-produce-food-without-sunshine
hat tip:  https://www.agritecture.com/

Planting Justice - community garden and returning the formerly incarcerated to community
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/07/planting-justice-oakland-california-food-prison
Editorial Comment:  I remember a gardening program in the 1970s at a MA prison and that, originally, MA prisons and state hospitals had farms which the inmates worked.  As the saying goes, “You can fix all the world’s problems in a garden.”

Montreal apartment building to include basement farm
https://inhabitat.com/the-basement-of-this-apartment-building-contains-a-farm/

Ahupua’a - millennium old Hawaiian watershed agricultural system
https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220818-ahupuaa-hawaiis-ancient-land-management-system

Pro and con of indoor farms
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/17/indoor-vertical-farms-agriculture
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/21/the-rise-of-vertical-farms-could-indoor-plant-factories-be-the-norm-in-10-years

First baseball stadium garden
https://www.theitaliangardenproject.com/blog/tomatoes-at-the-diamond

NYC AgTech Week 2022  - September 26 to October 1
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/6/23/nyc-agriculture-collective-thought-for-food-partner-for-nyc-agtech-week-2022

Wetlands park in Fortaleza, Brazil
https://inhabitat.com/rachel-de-queiroz-park-preserves-the-wetlands-in-brazil/
Editorial Comment:  wetlands and water are probably the fastest and most effective way to draw down carbon from the atmosphere and expand our productive ecologies.  More at http://solarray.blogspot.com/2021/04/geotherapy-not-geoengineering-please.html

Sunday, July 31, 2022

City Agriculture - July 31, 2022

The French Parliament recently approved a new law requiring all new commercial buildings to partially have their roofs covered with plants or solar panels.
https://cleantechnica.com/2022/05/05/new-law-in-france-green-roofs-on-new-commercial-buildings/

Villa M - living walled building in Paris
https://triptyque.com/en/project/villa-m-en/
https://www.v2com-newswire.com/en/newsroom/categories/commercial-architecture/press-kits/2001-01/villa-m-takes-amazon-to-paris-with-tropical-building
https://www.treehugger.com/villa-m-paris-triptyque-architecture-5271129
https://inhabitat.com/green-building-design-was-inspired-by-the-amazon-rainforest/

Foundational Agrivoltaic Research for Megawatt Scale [FARMS] - US DOE funding large scale combined farm and solar projects
https://cleantechnica.com/2022/05/05/funding-notice-foundational-agrivoltaic-research-for-megawatt-scale-farms/

USDA now has an Office of Urban Agriculture
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/5/10/5-focus-points-for-the-usdas-new-office-of-urban-agriculture
email for more information or to comment: UrbanAgricultureFederalAdvisoryCommittee@usda.gov

Another vertical forest finished, this one in Huanggang, China
https://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/en/project/easyhome-huanggang-vertical-forest-city-complex/
https://inhabitat.com/vertical-forest-apartment-has-an-astonishing-404-trees/

Rotterdam’s roofscape - greening 10 million square feet of rooftops
https://www.c40.org/case-studies/cities100-rotterdam-mitigation-meets-adaptation-on-rotterdam-s-rooftops/
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5f082078d610926644d22e00/t/621e3b2a1ee23c373149cac0/1646148404157/URBANISTEN_Rotterdam_Rooftop_Potential_EN.pdf
https://www.fastcompany.com/90755913/inside-rotterdams-quest-to-green-10-million-square-feet-of-rooftops

Green walls for air purification
https://www.naava.io/en/
https://inhabitat.com/clean-the-air-in-your-home-with-green-walls-from-naava/

NYC AgTech Week 2022 will take place September 26 to October 1st 2022
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/6/23/nyc-agriculture-collective-thought-for-food-partner-for-nyc-agtech-week-2022

Bringing food production back to cities
https://www.meed.com/bringing-food-production-back-to-cities

Roof garden for an automobile factory in Turin, Italy - flowers and a test track
https://www.treehugger.com/biodiverse-roof-garden-added-to-iconic-lingotto-factory-in-turin-5496690

Australian food insecurity
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/28/australia-ill-prepared-for-food-insecurity-driven-by-war-and-climate-crisis-former-defence-leaders-say
Creativity breaking out on European rooftops
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/european-creative-rooftop-network-designs-public-spaces-for-roofs/
European Creative Rooftop Network
https://ecrn.city
Rooftopedia - compendium of projects
https://www.rooftopedia.ecrn.city

Thursday, May 5, 2022

City Agriculture - May 5, 2022

Zero emissions cherry orchard in New Zealand
https://cleantechnica.com/2022/01/20/100-zero-emissions-cherry-orchard/

Follow the Food series from the BBC and Corteva Agriscience
How we might build a food utopia
https://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/how-we-might-build-a-food-utopia/
The People Building Edible Cities
https://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/the-people-building-edible-cities/

Urban Forest - 20 story carbon neutral residential green building for Brisbane, Australia
https://koichitakada.com/projects/urban-forest/
https://inhabitat.com/urban-forest-is-set-to-be-the-greenest-residential-building/

Agritecture Design - software for designing better farms, urban and rural - now in beta
https://design.agritecture.com
Example: a farm for an IKEA parking lot in NJ
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2021/9/1/could-this-new-design-be-ikeas-parking-lot-of-the-future

Treehouse with "green walls, facades and rooftops, plus water features, natural light, and ventilation strategies to green the traditional office building”
https://www.archdaily.com/974806/ronald-lu-and-partners-competition-winning-design-re-imagines-the-workplace
https://inhabitat.com/biophilic-treehouse-imagines-a-greener-office-experience/

2021 Census for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
https://www.agritecture.com/census

Bacteriological replacement for Haber-Bosch produced fertilizers?
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/2/8/can-ancient-bacteria-mitigate-the-harmful-co2-effects-of-conventional-fertilizer

Black-led urban farms thrive until they have to fight for their land
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/mar/05/black-led-urban-farms-are-thriving-until-they-have-to-fight-for-their-land

Agrico Qatar recent in-store aquaponic vertical farm at Carrefour Qatar Majid Al Futtaim City Centre Mall, Westbay, Doha
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6910156449646006272/

Refurbishing an abandoned building into a successful mall through plants
http://www.clouarchitects.com/projects/capitamall-nuohemule/
https://inhabitat.com/plant-filled-mall-used-to-be-an-abandoned-building/

Living Grid house with exterior walls designed for plantings

http://www.larchitects.com.sg/projects/the-living-grid-house
https://inhabitat.com/living-grid-house-balances-nature-with-functionality/

Net zero energy city planned for Egypt - producing more energy AND food than it consumes
https://urb.ae/projects/nexgensustainablecity/
https://inhabitat.com/first-climate-positive-net-zero-city-in-the-world/

Monday, January 17, 2022

City Agriculture - January 17, 2022

 Forest Pavilion, The Forestias - mixed use development in Thailand with a central forest

http://www.tkstudio.co.th/library/5/44
https://inhabitat.com/forest-pavilion-blends-nature-with-residential-development/

Jian Mu Tower planned for Shenzen, China will be a vertical agriculture building feeding 40,000
https://carloratti.com/project/jian-mu-tower/
https://inhabitat.com/vertical-farm-building-in-china-feeds-40000-people/

The Wind River Biomass Utility and Gorge Greens currently make up the Wind River Project. Our goal is to give waste wood value and turn it into heat and power for year-round food production, along with biochar and firewood.
http://windriverproject.com

Arktecture - "green ocean" marine farm to be completed by 2022, creating "two new green areas: a food production space using salty agricultural technology and floating on the surface, and a layer of algae that will improve the underwater environment.” 
https://www.n-ark.jp/en/
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2021/11/19/floating-salt-resistant-marine-farms-might-be-the-solution-to-rising-sea-levels

Agro-mining - using plants to absorb metals through the soil 
https://www.mining.com/web/can-plants-that-suck-metal-from-soil-replace-mining/
https://cleantechnica.com/2021/11/25/mining-nickel-from-plants-is-possible-could-cut-co2-emissions/
NB:  I remember talking to John Todd about this and doing a short experiment with basil and soil lead in the brief time I worked for Suffolk County Extension getting close to 50 years ago.  Primo Levi, as I recall, may have mentioned this technique in his book The Periodic Table too.

Moss covered living walls may sequester more CO2 than trees
https://returntonow.net/2020/02/03/new-living-concrete-allows-plants-to-grow-right-out-of-the-wall/

3D printed bio-structures to increase urban biodiversity
https://www.yankodesign.com/2021/11/03/this-3d-printed-urban-reef-is-constructed-from-mycelium-to-increase-biodiversity-in-cities/
hat tip Buckminster Fuller Institute
hat tip Jenny Kastner

Green wall for a highway in Malta
https://www.infrastructuremalta.com/news/27600-plants-longest-green-wall-malta

NYC establishes an office of urban agriculture
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2021/12/28/we-interviewed-nyc-council-member-ben-kallos-on-the-citys-new-office-of-urban-agriculture-heres-what-he-had-to-say

50 meter wooden apartment building with terraces and gardens built-in
https://mei-arch.eu/en/projecten-archief/sawa/
https://inhabitat.com/award-winning-apartment-design-is-built-90-out-of-wood/

Baltimore is building an agrihood
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/1/11/baltimore-farmers-are-cultivating-the-citys-first-agrihood-heralded-for-its-innovation

"How Floating Agriculture Communities Can Help Adapt to Climate Change"
https://www.agritecture.com/blog/2021/9/7/this-architect-modeled-an-inspiring-solution-for-self-sufficient-floating-communities