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On overview of the valuable combination of food production and urban issues from Monocle Magazine


Monocle Magazine’s quest on latest updates of urban farming travels from Tokyo to New York and Oslo, the whole experience can be shared by checking this short movie .


In Tokyo, Pasona group developed the OFFICE FARM, where a building has been refurbished and designed to allow edibles to grow, ripe and end up in the canteen. This building is a bright sight of an urban future of balance and harmony, where classic concerts and indoor vertical edible gardens coexist, together with the local population.


In NYC, the quite famous Brooklyn Grange is proofing to be a valuable business model by entering the third season of crop production. Definitively less fancy that the Tokyo example, in Brooklyn, urban farmers practically show how to re-use urban rooftops to grow organic food. The food is sold in farmers’ markets and thanks to the experience collected, the initiators developed an training programme, organize Yoga lessons, and provide green space, together with employment.



In Oslo, the harbor side neighborhood is witnessing a strong redevelopment programme. As in many other cities, the population growth opened up space for new thinking about waterfront redevelopment plans. In an area that used to be identified as derelict and highly problematic, an edible garden has been created, taking a step forward by organizing a COMMUNITY BAKE HOUSE. The Bake house is an example of localization of the food cycle, where not only production, but also food processing is taken into consideration.

The Monocle overview touches upon some of the examples that we selected for our publication FARMING THE CITY, where similar projects all over the Global North are presented. CITIES is also working on using the knowledge collected in several years of research and consultation in urban planning and food discipline. Edible Stavanger East is our waterfront redevelopment plan in Norway, where we help the local organizations to use food as a tool for urban development. The Monocle overview is another confirmation that food can and will probably be a new source of employment for the young victims of the western finical crisis. We look at this process not as a trend, but as a resource, do you?





Posted on 24 July 2013 and filed under News

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