While the concept above for an empty Canal Street lot may never go beyond the drawing board, the urban garden concept below will be appearing in Queens this summer. Take a closer look after the jump...
WORK AC is the architecture firm responsible for both concepts. The top image came via Treehugger, which featured it along with a number of other urban vertical gardening concepts. It was done for an article by NY Magazine where they offered architects a city block and total freedom.
The concept shown below won MOMA/PS1's annual architectural design competition and will be going from drawing board to reality when it's unveiled June 20 in P.S.1's courtyard.
Could this be a glimpse of what could be in our city's future? We're looking forward to visiting PF1 (Public Farm 1 is the official name for the installation), and seeing how the project works when it's in an actual space with actual people and yielding actual vegetables. In other areas of the world vertical or step farming happens in the countrysides where terrain or flat space constraints (mountains) have necessitated this way of growing. These projects begin to show us how we can farm within the landscape constraints of major cities. More and more, people are talking about the need to better utilize our natural resources. These designs attempt to do that as well as bring city people closer to food sources.
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