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Sweden: Stockholm 2041: how co-management of urban space changed the city and its people

De boeren hofstede, Lutkie & Cranenburg, 1848 – 1881

This utopian essay is playing out twenty years from now (in 2041) and is grounded in on-going research (in 2020) on the new urban gardening commons in Stockholm City, Sweden

By Nathalie Bergame|
Shareable
January 14, 2021

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A cry for autonomy and “the right to the city” through gardening

With rather high initial investments for establishing a good soil quality, buying fruit-bearing bushes and other perennials as well as seeds and the looming risk of being evicted from the plot of urban land, residents who were engaged in park management in the 2020s began to demand more long-term based public land leases from the City District Administrations. Viewed from the perspective of the “right to the city,” conceptualised more than seventy years ago in 1967 by urban theorist Henri Lefebvre, the residents performed their urban duty and demanded the full rights to their labor on public land and by that claimed their right to the city.

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January 20, 2021   No Comments

Philippines: Department of Agriculture teams up with youth-led architecture design competition to promote urban agriculture

The design competition, dubbed as “RE-TERRA 2021.

“This means, inserting every means of agriculture into every mode of urbanity. Tactically, this involves strategies that mobilize every component and feature of our varied and dense urban landscape towards establishing lasting food security for every Filipino.”

By Department of Agriculture
January 7, 2021

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) has teamed up with RE-TERRA, a youth organization, to conduct a design competition for future architects, designers, and developers to garner innovative and transformative designs that integrate agriculture into the urban setting.

“Time and again, I have emphasized the crucial role of the youth in agriculture. They are the source of many bright and fresh ideas, having a strong grasp of emerging trends and technologies,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

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January 13, 2021   No Comments

Holland: Rooftop Villages

See video interview here.

Gardens and Social Space

In chapter six of Rooftopics, Léon van Geest talks to Laurens van der Wal (architect) and Renée Rooijmans (cultural antropologist) about exploring living on rooftops. They are the initiators of what will be the first rooftop village, on top of De Kroon, a former industrial building in Rotterdam-West. How do they see the future of city living? And what challenges did Renée face when she got the chance to live on the Hofbogen rooftop for a year? Discover this, and much more, in this interview.

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January 8, 2021   No Comments

Canada: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is among the most eminent landscape architects in the world

January 20, 2021 – March 13, 2021
West Vancouver Art Museum

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is among the most eminent landscape architects in the world, known for many projects in Canada and abroad. Genius loci, meaning the protective spirit of a place, is embodied in the seven decade span of her work. Her landscape designs demonstrate her desire to create terrains that are less an interruption and more an amplification of what already exists on a site. Her training in modernist design and a desire to connect people with nature is immediately apparent in her landscapes. At a time when our relationship to the earth is of paramount importance, Oberlander’s projects reveal consistent and significant stewardship of the natural environment. Many of her designs—even those from 50 years ago—remain largely unchanged, testaments to her technical skill, research techniques, and judicious selection of flora.

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January 5, 2021   Comments Off on Canada: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci

France: Parisians will grow their own food along the ‘green line’ garden footbridge by VCA

Images courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Its panoramic rooftop and horticultural greenhouses host 3,500 square meters of vegetable gardens and orchards under the Parisian sky.

By Kat Barandy
Designboom
Dec 14, 2020

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The green line will be a truly edible landscape dedicated to ‘Parisculteurs (Paris farmers). it aims to make citizens aware of eco-gastronomy and alternative consumption. its panoramic rooftop and horticultural greenhouses host 3,500 square meters of vegetable gardens and orchards under the Parisian sky. an ode to slow food, the fruits and vegetables grown on Paris’ green line footbridge will be directly cooked in its restaurants, offering panoramic views towards the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the tours duo, and the tour designed by Som at Bercy-Charenton.

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December 21, 2020   Comments Off on France: Parisians will grow their own food along the ‘green line’ garden footbridge by VCA

China: Shandong’s ‘backyard garden’ hopes to lure investment and tourists from city

Yinjiayu Rural Complex.

The rural complex enables visitors to experience tranquil pastoral life amid seas of flowers, peach forests, lucid waters and lush mountains

By Hu Min
Shine
Dec 8, 2020

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The rural complex covering 38 square kilometers in Yishui County’s Quanzhuang Town strings together farm land, mountains and water resources that blend agriculture, tourism, sightseeing, shopping and entertainment with a unique combination of science and technology and idyllic pastoral life.

The complex operator signed cooperation agreements with the Shanghai Tourism Alliance, several travel agencies and science and technology companies in Shanghai yesterday.

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December 15, 2020   Comments Off on China: Shandong’s ‘backyard garden’ hopes to lure investment and tourists from city

Winner Announced For ‘Mars City Design Urban Farming Challenge 2020’

“Our next step is to secure funding, so we can build a prototype of the winning designs, which include Calabrese’s proposal, in the Californian desert,” Mulyani added.

Architecture news & editorial desk
Architecture and Design
Dec 7, 2020

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Giuseppe Calabrese, the senior architect at Council Approval Group – a small Australian town planning and architecture firm – was placed first at the international competition launched by Californian smart city development company, Mars City Design, and backed by NASA. The primary objective of the competition was to source ideas to sustain human life on Mars for more than two years.

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December 12, 2020   Comments Off on Winner Announced For ‘Mars City Design Urban Farming Challenge 2020’