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Urban Farm Pops Up in Midtown Manhattan

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Veggies and herbs thrive in space where development stalled

For a nice example of an economic slump yielding positive results, check out this ingenious urban farm that has popped up in midtown Manhattan, where the recession halted development of the Alexandria Center, a bioscience complex just east of FDR Drive. When the project stalled, the developer leapt on the opportunity to use the space to grow fresh produce for Riverpark, the Tom Colicchio......read more

Prinzessinnengarten: A Productive Green Space Blooms in Berlin

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Urban agriculture takes root at a community garden in the German capital

For sixty years, an empty space gathered garbage in a section of Berlin's Kreuzberg district. In 2009, over a hundred volunteers cleaned the area of two tons of trash to make way for a community garden. Today, Prinzessinnengärten (Princess Gardens) is a thriving urban agricultural project, providing fresh, organic produce for Berlin residents and a space to come together to learn more about......read more

Authors Ignite Debate About Local Food

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Does the locavore movement do more harm than good? A new book sows seeds of discontent

Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu say they know what’s wrong with the food system: local food purists. In their new book, The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet, the husband-and-wife team (a University of Toronto geography professor and an economist) argue that the excitement over this movement is misguided to the point of having “utterly disastrous”......read more

Public Fruit Park Launched in L.A.

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Fallen Fruit debuts urban orchard project in Del Aire Park

Imagine a city where public parks were full of fruit trees, grapevines, and herb gardens, all of which you were free to harvest for food. In a small but meaningful way, our friends at Fallen Fruit, who we collaborated with on the EAT LACMA video series, are making that vision a reality. The collective teamed with Los Angeles County to create California's first public fruit park, which......read more

Can Aquaponics Change the Way We Eat?

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Roman Gaus, CEO of UrbanFarmers, on the farming technique that may revolutionize our food system

The city farming movement conjures images of growers covered in soil, planting and picking in community or rooftop garden plots. But perhaps the most promising technique for urban agriculture involves pumps and pipes in squeaky clean labs. It's called aquaponics, and it may revolutionize the way we eat. In a piece for The Atlantic Cities, UrbanFarmers CEO Roman Gaus describes how it......read more

Chicago Meatpacking Plant Transformed Into Vertical Farm

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Home to several small-scale food businesses, The Plant Chicago is a net-zero, closed-loop urban farm

In 2010, entrepreneur John Edel bought a four-story, 94,000 square foot factory in a bankruptcy sale. The sprawling red brick warehouse, built in the 1920s next to Chicago’s Union Stockyards, used to process bacon and ham. Today it is home to The Plant Chicago, a vertical farm housing 11 small-scale food businesses, from bakers and kombucha brewers to aquaponic farms growing......read more

SHFT SAMPLER 6-10-10

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The first edition of our new, weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Give us some of those good vibrations. How everyday behaviors can produce clean energy. Livable cities all have one thing in common; they're designed for people, not cars. It's hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico. What does that mean for the worst oil spill in U.S. history? Now that's sustainable architecture. Straw, string or human hair, urban birds build nests with......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-9-10

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Weekly links: Design lessons from the slums, BP's blame game, and sustainable troglodytes.

What can the world's poorest 'hoods teach us about city planning? Lots, according to architects and urban designers Pavlina Ilieva and Kuo Pao Lian. Grist discusses sustainable urban design lessons from the slums. It's a Tree Life: The first offline project from The Cool Hunter will feature tree homes designed by top architects from around the globe. The exhibition is slated to......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-10-10

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Weekly links: James Bowthorpe rules, Barcelona looks nice from the air, Ford's electric van starts shipping, and more.

James Bowthorpe is bad ass. Last year, in a bid to raise awareness for Parkinson's, he rode his bike around the world in 174 days, setting a new world record. Earlier this fall, he built a boat from construction waste and rowed it down the Thames. Now he's doing the same thing on the Hudson River. Feel lazy now? Same. Read an interview with the man at Nowness. Everyone is going off......read more

European Cities Curb Drivers

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Traffic planners restrain cars in favor of walking and public transit

While American cities tend to bend over backwards to accommodate vehicle traffic, cities in Europe are going the opposite direction, making planning changes that make it prohibitively annoying and expensive (if not downright illegal) to drive cars in the inner city. NYT environment reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses the traffic-tormenting situation in Europe: Cities including......read more

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