Building your own hydroponic / aquaponic farm

You may have noticed IKEA have some hydroponic systems on sale on their website.  I think they're also proposing to get in on the market for off-the-shelf indoor aquaponic units for farming at home too.  Apparently they're meeting with GrowUp to hone this further?  You used to be able to buy an off-the-shelf aquaponic system from… Continue reading Building your own hydroponic / aquaponic farm

Precedent | Modular Mashambas Skyscraper | Pawel Lipiński & Mateusz Frankowski

Post on dezeen of the winning entry to the 2017 International Skyscraper Competition, The Mashambas Skyscraper.  It's a modular farm tower in Africa that can be expanded as needed to include many other community facilities like a nursery, doctor's surgery and drone landing port for transporting goods on /  off the tower.  An interesting precedent for… Continue reading Precedent | Modular Mashambas Skyscraper | Pawel Lipiński & Mateusz Frankowski

Precedent | MVRDV | Almere Floriade 2022

MVRDV's winning proposal for the Floriade 2022 'Green City' being built in Almere for the year... have a guess...2022.  They are not proposing to create "a Utopia but a real urban area where ideas are tested and refined".  A very commercial approach, but this is a particularly fitting precedent for any aspiring horticultural city designs.  Almere Floriade should prove… Continue reading Precedent | MVRDV | Almere Floriade 2022

Tutorial: Brief Brainstorm

Had a chat about the design workshop from Friday and what was discussed to try and iron out an approach to the brief. Main important elements: The brief and site should come as a development of the masterplan.  The site selection should be a marriage between city context, master plan, and concept ambitions. Concept should incorporate knowledge… Continue reading Tutorial: Brief Brainstorm

Kevin Frediani talking at Oxford Farming Conference

Vimeo post of Kevin Frediani's presentation on Urban Agriculture titled: 'Urban Agriculture, a SMART solution to complement sustainable intensification?' He talks about vertical farming among other related topics and the challenges of urban and peri-urban agriculture.

Urban Agriculture in the UK (and Japan)

A little digging in the internet has lead me to a few sites where things are happening in the UK, predictably mostly London.  Many spoken of in this Evening Standard article from June 2016, 'How London's new underground farms will revolutionise the way we source our food'. FARM:  - A Dalston based urban agriculture outfit… Continue reading Urban Agriculture in the UK (and Japan)