Archinect - News 2015-07-04T22:52:43-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/123217126/farm-x-shares-its-modular-vertical-farming-approach-pilot-project-nears-completion FARM-X shares its modular vertical farming approach, pilot project nears completion Justine Testado 2015-03-18T19:44:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:34:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ak/akzc3706nmkquo8g.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The vertical-farming movement continues to grow with the recent unveiling of <a href="http://www.farm-x.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FARM-X</a>'s modular vertical-farming concept, which the Oakland, CA-based organization developed with Zurich-based <a href="http://www.conceptualdevices.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conceptual Devices</a> founder Antonio Scarponi and an agronomy team led by University of Bologna Professor Giorgio GianquintoI. In the most idealistic sense, the FARM-X model would maximize production of fresh food up to 5 tons per day, can be applied anywhere as one means to sustainably revive unused urban spaces, and would create more jobs to develop a "green collar workforce" of urban agricultural farmers.</p><p>FARM-X aims to construct 10,000 sq.m. (approx.110,000 sq.ft.) of total vertical farm space throughout Oakland over the next decade. For starters, a pilot run of the project is near completion nearby in Richmond, CA.</p><p>Read on for more project details that we received:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3df56ns7hgptmhx8.jpg"></p><p>"Food has historically been grown in areas of low real-estate interest, far from densely populated settlements normally described as '...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120663494/how-america-is-failing-to-preserve-its-historic-slave-markets How America is failing to preserve its historic slave markets Alexander Walter 2015-02-13T14:36:00-05:00 >2015-02-15T21:13:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/86/866ec85519e01d718ee6476a5ff762da.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s easy enough to blame economic forces for the postwar destruction of slave markets, but not for the persistent concealment of their history. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, the South has no shortage of memorials to the Lost Cause, while memorials to the slave trade remain few and far between. [...] After the Civil War, Johnson says, &ldquo;the price of moving forward for the white United States was the forgetting of slavery.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/78259351/a-city-invokes-seizure-laws-to-save-homes A City Invokes Seizure Laws to Save Homes Orhan Ayyüce 2013-07-30T10:44:00-04:00 >2013-07-30T13:08:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n1bbyl3az26mwloq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not willing to back down on this.They can put forward as much pressure as they would like but I&rsquo;m very committed to this program and I&rsquo;m very committed to the well-being of our neighborhoods.&rdquo; - Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond&rsquo;s mayor</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/07/30/business/30domain-span/30domain-span-articleLarge.jpg"><em>Peter DaSilva for The New York Times&#8203;</em></p> <p> The power of eminent domain has traditionally worked against homeowners, who can be forced to sell their property to make way for a new highway or shopping mall. But now the working-class city of Richmond, Calif., hopes to use the same legal tool to help people stay right where they are.&nbsp;</p> <p> Scarcely touched by the nation&rsquo;s housing recovery and tired of waiting for federal help, Richmond is about to become the first city in the nation to try eminent domain as a way to stop foreclosures.</p>