Friday, November 19, 2010

Sustainable Urban Agriculture

Here are a few links I stumbled across. The purpose of our project is to create an architect's version of an "Urban Survival Kit" so I was specifically looking for articles and information urban farming and sustainability.

The first is a YouTube video on "The Science Barg" an urban farm located on the Hudson River in NYC.

The second is a website for the book "The Vertical Farm" by Dr. Dickson Despommier. It focuses on the building of "vertical farms" in urban environments. I thought this was interesting from an architectural standpoint of designing buildings to serve this purpose.

The third a slideshow from the website that shows examples of some pretty neat (probably idealistic) urban farming prototypes.

"These prototypes aim to empower urban dwellers to produce food in their everyday lives. Designed for ease-of-use and affordability, these systems inhabit under-utilized spaces within the dense urban environment and have the potential to reach wide audience though street exposure and personal networks."

I thought this idea of sustainable agriculture in an urban environment could possibly connect with F. and D. on the list (Food and Energy).

Evelyn Hofmann
October 31st, 2010

"Urban Agriculture Blooms." posted October 22, 2008,

"The Vertical Farm", accessed October 31st, 2010,

"Urban Farm Prototypes Reveal the Future of Urban Agriculture", accessed October 31st, 2010,

Evelyn Hofmann
November 7th, 2010

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