Designing Urban Agriculture

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Designing Urban Agriculture
 is about the intersection of ecology, design, and community. Showcasing projects and designers from around the world who are forging new paths to the sustainable city through urban agriculture landscapes, it creates a dialogue on the ways to invite food back into the city and pave a path to healthier communities and environments.

This full-color guide begins with a foundation of ecological principles and the idea that the food shed is part of a city's urban systems network. It outlines a design process based on systems thinking and developed for a lifecycle or regenerative-based approach. It also presents strategies, tools, and guidelines that enable informed decisions on planning, designing, bgeting, constructing, maintaining, marketing, and increasing the sustainability of this re-invented cityscape. Case sties demonstrate the environmental, economic, and social value of these landscapes and reveal paths to a greener and healthier urban environment.

This unique and indispensable guide:

  • Details how to plan, design, fund, construct, and leverage the sustainability aspects of the edible landscape typology
  • Covers over a dozen typologies incling community gardens, urban farms, edible estates, green roofs and vertical walls, edible school yards, seed to table, food landscapes within parks, plazas, streetscapes and green infrastructure systems and more
  • Explains how to design regenerative edible landscapes that benefit both community and ecology and explores the connections between food, policy, and planning that promote viable food shed systems for more resilient communities
  • Examines the integration of management, maintenance, and operations issues
  • Reveals how to create a business model enterprise that addresses a lifecycle approach


Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1
Food Cities: Ecology + Urban Agriculture 1

Lafayette Greens, Detroit 1

Bar Agricole, San Francisco 10

City Slicker Farms, Oakland 13

Viet Village, New Orleans 29

Big City Farms, Baltimore 38

Chapter 2
Planning Strategies for Urban Food Systems 41

Prairie Crossing, Grayslake 41

River Falls Eco Village, River Falls 51

Verge Sidewalk Garden, Charlottesville 75

Scent of Orange, Chongqing 80

Chapter 3
Vision, Synthesis, and Form 87

Villa Augustus, Dordrecht 87

Miller Creek Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen, San Rafael 104

2001 Market Street, San Francisco 109

Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago 117

Chapter 4
Systems Integration and Connections 133

Medlock Ames Wine Tasting Room, Healdsburg 133

Our School at Blair Grocery, New Orleans 144

Incredible Edible House, prototype 156

Science Barge, Yonkers, New York 167

Banyan Street Manor, Honolulu 177

Chapter 5
Lifecycle Operations 181

Die Plantage, Munich 181

MUSC Urban Fram, Charleston 191

Riverpark Farm, Manhattan 202

VF Outdoors Campus, Alameda 209

Sacred Heart Organic Garden, Atherton 218

Slow Food Nation Victory Garden, San Francisco 224

Chapter 6
Outreach and Community 227

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta 227

Urban Food Jungle, prototype 235

Expo 2015, Milan 239

Alemany Farms, San Francisco 250

P-Patch Gardens, Seattle 253

Glide Church, San Francisco 259

Gotham Greens, Brooklyn 261

Bibliography 267

Image credits 271

Index 273

APRIL PHILIPS, RLA, FASLA, is founder and principal of April Philips Design Works, an award-winning Bay Area firm that specializes in landscape architecture and urban ecology. Her notable projects incle Union Square, Santana Row, Peet's Coffee and Tea Roasting Facility, 2001 Market Street, VF Outdoor Campus, and Oakland Memorial Park. Her recent work incles the incorporation of urban edibles and increasing habitat in the urban realm.