Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education’s College Central has made a bold statement to embrace Singapore’s transformation into a ‘City in a Garden.’
The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is a post-secondary institution in Singapore that provides pre-employment training to secondary school leavers as well as continuing education and training to working adults.
This is awesome, great example to set for all of our cities!
Lawmakers being urged to give rooftop greens a try.
"They are looking to use most of that for a rooftop farm to create a more interactive environment for the lawmakers," said Alan Joaquin, of FarmRoof, a sustainable small business build around rooftop gardens.
In my opinion, a rooftop farm would greatly benefit the Public by causing a “Ripple Effect” on our legislative system. Imagine a rooftop farm at the State Capitol growing hyper-local organic produce for Lawmakers and Staffers and being distributed through an on-site Community Supported Agriculture, or “CSA” program. Our lawmakers and their families would enjoy healthy, sustainable produce that was grown literally above their heads. This intimate relationship with urban farming would have a profound positive impact on how our lawmakers would look at issues that concern agriculture, healthy eating, sustainable development, and environmental stewardship. A rooftop farm at the Capitol has the potential to define, shape and inspire laws that would be beneficial to the People of Hawaii for generations to come.
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Looking out across this skyscraper prairie, plants in hues of mostly purple and yellow are in bloom, butterflies are fluttering around and grasshoppers are everywhere. It feels weird, but as we move across the roof we follow Reller's instructions to step gingerly on the plants rather than walking directly on the roof, which could cause damage and future leaks. You can't tell it when you're up there, but from the air the rooftop garden looks like a huge leaf as thousands of pavers, which resemble leaf veins, divide the different planting areas from each other.
It's been almost a year since we installed the FarmRoof above Kakaako. As the Founder of FarmRoof I feel it is wise to periodically look back to see where we came from, and to identify where we are going.
A lot has happened in a year, and I am happy to say that I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. And, I am thrilled about the direction we are heading. More to follow...
“This is about a lot more than earning a return on your investment, it’s about co-creating a model of food production that really reverses the historical damage agriculture has done to our planet. This is about feeding our increasing urban population nutritious, accessible food and connecting them to the source of that food like never before.”
Building school gardens costs a fraction of what it would cost to lobby Congress to change farm policy, says Musk. And in the long run, it is the more effective way to change society. "Start with the young, work with them until they are adults, and they will demand real food. When you have the demand, you can change the government policies that create McDonald's and junk food."
Environmentalists have grown used to thinking of urban agriculture as something that occurs on pinched vacant lots in former industrial towns. But as farms of 20 acres or more start appearing in more cities, their owners are reworking the definition of “urban farm,” and causing some agtivists to question whether bigger really is better.
The Harvard Graduate School of Design released its Ecological Urbanism app last month. The interactive app adapts content from the GSD book of the same name, which explores how designers can unite urbanism with environmentalism.
Combining data from around the world, the app “reveals and locates current practices, emerging trends, and opportunities for new initiatives” in regard to the future of cities.
A collaboration between the school and Second Story Interactive Studios,the app stems from the GSD’s Ecological Urbanism conference and dovetails with the duo’s ongoing efforts to explore sustainability in our cities of the future.
More than 100 participating architects and designers have provided content for the project, including such heavyweights as OMA, Rem Koolhaas, Kara Oehler, and Stefano Boeri. And the ever-evolving app allows designers and academics to add research and project updates as they happen...
As a commercial airline pilot, Alan has seen how much un-utilized space is available on the rooftops in Honolulu. Alan combined his desire to provide nutritious food for his young family with his interest in using roofs as areas to grow food. After much research, FarmRoof got its start in Hawaii in 2008. Since then, FarmRoof has partnered with different commercial companies interested in rooftop farming.
Living up to their reputation as innovators, FarmRoof will be making history in 2013 by introducing the first ready to drink beverage brewed from Kale.
The FOOD ROOF will be the first of its kind Rooftop Farm in St. Louis! This community rooftop farm will be situated downtown in the heart of city life and will create a new system of providing our community with access to hyper-local, organic food.
This is not just community garden, but a platform to sustain an entire ecosystem which includes raising chickens and tending bees, and innovative approaches to urban agriculture including hydroponics, aeroponics and vertical farming. The FOOD ROOF is envisioned to be a community platform, actively engaging and educating city dwellers of all walks on the ins and outs of a local food system.
It’s easy to argue that architecture plays a part in the world of a foodie; most restaurants are uniquely designed to better the dining experience after all. However, the architect’s ties to the food industry go much deeper, and designers are beginning to revolutionize the way we regard (and manage) food production.
As these cities grow, it is important that we continue to find new and innovative ways to provide for the populace. Vertical farming and urban agriculture offer relief in metropolitan environments, helping to reduce the pressure of public food supply while also changing our traditional approach to food production. See 11 great examples below:
In Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution, Edmonton journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King exposes the world’s unsustainable food industry — but she doesn’t simply point out the problems. Cockrall-King spent several years researching and travelling to various cities across North America and Europe to discover solutions. She found people creating gardens and farms, on tiny and large scales, to produce organic food in their own cities.
Chicago’s Black Belt area, on the historic South Side, was once a hub for jazz, blues, and literature, but today is riddled with vacant lots, poverty, and blight. Now, a new plan envisions the area as a thriving urban farm district.