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Is Urban Agriculture Commercially Scalable?

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Montreal's Lufa Farms has developed an e-commerce model for fresh food

Flavie Halais for Citiscope: In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences and microbiology at Columbia University, popularized the idea of large-scale urban agriculture by releasing a conceptual model for vertical farms. Crops would grow inside tall city buildings, using very little land to produce bounties of food that would not need to be shipped far to be eaten.......read more

Food Co-op Launching in Paris

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Upstart program partly inspired by Brooklyn co-op

From writer Rachel Signer and our friends at Collectively: France has long been known as a mecca of quality food, and eating well as a hallmark of French culture. You can hardly walk a block in most of central Paris without inhaling the intoxicating aroma of a cheese counter or charcuterie, or admiring a tower of fresh produce from France and all over the world. But there's one thing you won't......read more

OMA Designs Futuristic Farming Hub

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Abandoned tobacco plant in Louisville, KY to be transformed into massive food and farming center

The site of an abandoned tobacco plant in Louisville, Kentucky will be repurposed into an innovative 24-acre community farming hub by Rem Koolhaas's firm, OMA. Local farmers will be able to grow, sell, and distribute food at the $50M facility -- called "the Food Port" -- which is set to break ground in the summer. The masterplan for the site "reflects the full food chain," and includes spaces......read more

NYC Rooftop Photos

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From Navid Baraty

Photographer Navid Baraty is back again and this time, he has captured a rooftop image that looks like it was taken straight out of the movie Inception. From atop the 1095 Avenue of Americas skyscraper, Baraty was able to photograph an aerial view of 42nd street in all its glory. Looking down from a height of 630 feet, you can see each floor below. The taxis and other vehicles......read more

A Year on the Road: Brooklyn Grange Farm

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A rooftop farm thrives just beyond the Manhattan skyline

A few years ago, a sprawling urban farm was started in one of the most improbable places of all: Queens, NY. On top of the mammoth Standard Motor Products Building, ground broke and an acre was cultivated using over a million pounds of soil to supply local restaurants, shops and foodies with fresh, organic produce.  As the last days of the summer season loomed, I ventured out to Brooklyn......read more

Massive Rooftop Solar Array Completed in Germany

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Holy scheizer! The new solar plant measures 27 acres--making it one of the biggest in the world

Germany is adding to its reputation as the world's solar energy leader with the completion of a 27-acre rooftop project near Mannheim. The system, built by Wirsol on the Pfenning Logistics distribution center in Haddesheim, has an installed capacity of 8.1 megawatts, enough to power 1,846 homes. It is Germany’s largest rooftop solar plant and one of the biggest in the world. “We are......read more

Solar Buyback Program Launched in Los Angeles

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Scheme allows property owners to sell rooftop solar power back to the Department of Water and Power

On the roof of a North Hollywood apartment building, an array of solar panels started generating energy last week as part of what's being touted as the nation's largest urban solar program. The program, an L.A. Business Council initiative called Clean L.A. Solar, allows the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to pay customers to generate solar power across the city's vast expanse of flat......read more

NYC's First-Ever LEED Platinum Project

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A 3,600-square-foot rooftop garden caps this office space retrofit by Cook+Fox Architects

At the edge of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood sits a nondescript, seven-floor office building built in the early 20th century. Inside, however, the plainness explodes with a modern office interior that is New York City's first-ever LEED Platinum project. Designed by Cook+Fox Architects in 2007, the office at 641 Avenue of the Americas was inspired by the desire to create a healthy and......read more

The Heavy on the Wet Deck

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Take a look at some photos from our event on the stunning rooftop of W Hollywood

We officially kicked off summer with a jam at -- or rather on top of -- our new digs at the Residences at W Hollywood. Presented in conjunction with Chris Douridas of KCRW, the open-air evening on the Wet Deck featured renegade UK soul-rockers The Heavy performing tracks off their forthcoming LP, The Glorious Dead. Fueled by boozy concoctions from Kanon Vodka and 123 Tequila, and organic......read more

Hedonistic Rooftop Penthouses by JDS Architects

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A magnificent, multifunctional green roof in Copenhagen

Belgian architectural firm JDS Architects recently completed a project in Copenhagen that features one of the coolest green roofs we've seen yet. The highlight of the Hedonistic Rooftop Penthouses project is a "missing garden" above the apartments that provides residents with a private and safe place to play and enjoy the outdoors. The rooftop garden features a playground with shock-absorbing......read more

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