Archinect - News 2015-08-05T00:33:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131511155/egypt-s-urban-growth-threatens-nile-farmland Egypt's urban growth threatens Nile farmland Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T21:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T21:15:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kt/ktm70w1ygvwtdn0y.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most Egyptians have always lived in the fertile stretch along the Nile, the nation&rsquo;s breadbasket which accounts for less than 10 per cent of Egypt&rsquo;s territory. But urban growth has become the chief threat to agricultural land as farmers haphazardly &ndash; and illegally &ndash; build new houses to make room for the next generation. Construction surged even more amid a security vacuum that followed the 2011 popular uprising that ousted the country&rsquo;s long-time autocrat, Hosni Mubarak.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118984560/photographer-documents-egypt-s-monumental-housing-developments-in-the-desert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123673983/a-new-capital-for-cairo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New "Capital" for Cairo?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119351406/a-closer-look-at-the-giza-2030-master-plan-blessing-or-curse-for-egypt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131413141/newark-s-69-000-sq-ft-indoor-vertical-farm-to-break-ground-today Newark's 69,000 sq ft indoor vertical farm to break ground today Justine Testado 2015-07-09T09:34:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:35:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g2/g2ak4103qubpnwmv.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What will reportedly be the world's largest indoor vertical farm will break ground on July 9 along 212 Rome Street in Newark, New Jersey. Earlier this year, leading vertical farm commercial grower AeroFarms, the property management firm RBH Group, and their affiliates jointly <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122600458/newark-to-convert-steel-factory-into-world-s-largest-indoor-vertical-farm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> the conversion of a former steel factory into a spankin' new 69,000 square-foot indoor vertical farm. The first phases of the project are scheduled to open later this year.</p><p>Located on a three-acre site in the heart of Newark's Ironbound district, the $30 million project will also include AeroFarms' global corporate headquarters. AeroFarms partnered with Ironbound Community Corporation to create a recruiting and job training program to&nbsp; boost job opportunities for the local community, which is dealing with an unemployment rate that is twice the national average.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6djvhx5lu066we5t.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g0/g0ua1hdjproseh1d.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6uhweuugsx7ngqf3.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tb/tbimtlwtwgo4e2dv.jpg"></p><p>The new vertical farm is said to be capable of growing up to 2 million pounds of baby leafy greens and herbs in a controlled and sanitary facili...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T20:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T14:49:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlrh13jga33v6bam.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the drought is a gusher for a growing number of tech startups in the emerging world of the Internet of Things, the buzzy term for the trend of connecting devices and data in the physical realm to the Internet. Getting more sensors into the environment will help thousands of farms, businesses and cities figure out where water is going and how it can be diverted for the most efficient use. Agriculture is the area most ripe for collecting more and higher-quality data.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129253818/old-macdonald-had-a-farm-on-a-toronto-rooftop Old MacDonald had a farm (on a Toronto rooftop) Alexander Walter 2015-06-10T14:53:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:16:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cx/cxadu38dqgrjz11k.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Green roofs are nice, but rooftop farms are better. They&rsquo;re the future of living architecture, say international green roof advocates who gathered in Toronto last week. [...] &ldquo;We have a handful of agricultural green roofs and all of them are community projects,&rdquo; like Eastdale Collegiate, Ryerson&rsquo;s Engineering building and the Carrot Common, said Peck. &ldquo;But we don&rsquo;t have any commercial-scale agriculture on roofs &mdash; that&rsquo;s the next thing.&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/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought Nicholas Korody 2015-04-08T13:12:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:09:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e685a40771644fb5ed3a5f182b2bd6e3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For every barrel of oil Chevron produces in its Kern River oil field, another 10 barrels of salty wastewater come up with it. So Chevron is selling about 500,000 barrels of water per day...back to...the local water district that delivers water to farmers within a seven-mile slice of Kern County...But it&rsquo;s a risky dance; over time, high sodium can change the properties of the soil, making it impermeable, unable to take in any more water...Eventually, the soil becomes barren.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/f8/f8xfni2nf4bnpbd6.jpg"></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124433144/oma-to-master-plan-a-food-hub-in-louisville OMA to master plan a "Food Hub" in Louisville Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-03T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:26:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fa4f4959b6eb0d5b78ecc55bfef2fbc1.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[OMA's] design knits together a complex program of green industry and public engagement. A new master plan just released by Seed Capital shows a zigzagging complex that is expected to be under construction later this year. [...] Heine said Seed Capital, founded by Heine and Stephen Reily, selected OMA to design the Food Hub following a limited request for proposals that generated interest from five firms. [...] OMA is working with the Louisville office of GBBN Architecture on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In case you aren't familiar with the concept of a "food hub", from&nbsp;<em>Broken Sidewalk:</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;A regional food hub is,&rdquo; according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, &ldquo;a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, storage, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.&rdquo; But Louisville&rsquo;s $46 million food hub is expected to be much more than a distribution hub for local farmers, with plans for on-site farming, processing, recycling, education, and retail.</em></p><p>Apparently the Louisville food hub was one of the sites focused on by students in OMA's ongoing GSD studio, looking at the relationship between food, design and architecture. A couple of students had already focused research and design work on the site by the time OMA was selected.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107187789/can-urban-agriculture-work-on-a-commercial-scale Can urban agriculture work on a commercial scale? Alexander Walter 2014-08-22T18:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T09:59:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5e5c13ee5d8a8ac44a3912d78a61c36d.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eating food that&rsquo;s grown locally and sustainably is a fantastic and increasingly popular idea, but it&rsquo;s also expensive. Producers tend to drown under marketing and distribution costs, and struggle to find retail channels for their products. To assume that urban farms can escape that trap because of their extreme proximity to consumers would be a mistake; getting food to consumers has proven a logistical nightmare for them as well.</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/100112144/rooftop-farms-combine-the-rural-and-urban-in-future-cities Rooftop farms combine the rural and urban in future cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-20T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:56:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l3/l3kf5wms3w6p8b50.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As fossil fuels become more expensive and the number of urban dwellers continues to rise, urban farming will help feed the population without increasing the cost and pollution of food transport. [...] The rise in rooftop farming isn't limited to commercial operations. "Rooftop farming and gardening has become extremely diverse, and in that sense a more 'normal' presence in cities"</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/89062333/forget-golf-courses-subdivisions-draw-residents-with-farms Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms Alexander Walter 2013-12-17T13:55:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:40:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e6a10bcc855d8e309a29cd8aa16a8b23.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses. But now, there's a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms &mdash; complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees &mdash; are serving as the latest suburban amenity. It's called development-supported agriculture, a more intimate version of community-supported agriculture &mdash; a farm-share program commonly known as CSA.</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/72258663/rooftop-farms-to-deal-with-growing-food-crisis Rooftop Farms to Deal with Growing Food Crisis Anna Johnson 2013-05-01T10:34:00-04:00 >2013-05-19T01:26:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0l/0llxfk1unytr17nz.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some of the most densely populated cities across the globe are tackling population growth and food shortages by establishing more rooftop farms. Vertical farms are popping up on unused rooftops in cities across the globe and the outcome is extremely positive.</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/54881843/the-architecture-of-wine The Architecture of Wine Archinect 2012-08-07T14:10:00-04:00 >2012-08-13T22:08:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f7gbhthfjjulyq08.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the architecture of wine is faced with a much greater challenge than meeting the very specific technical requirements of winemaking, it has to celebrate the process. Nowadays, wineries like religious buildings, are the must-visit destinations for tourists, where people go in droves on alcoholic pilgrimages.</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/20521761/hottest-new-development-trend-broadacre-city Hottest new development trend: Broadacre City toasteroven 2011-09-15T11:44:17-04:00 >2013-12-20T17:56:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yo/yo8xngtblg28lrio.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a movement propelled by environmental concern, nostalgia for a simpler life and a dollop of marketing savvy, developers are increasingly laying out their cul-de-sacs around organic farms, cattle ranches, vineyards and other agricultural ventures.</p></em><br /><br /><p> via<a href="http://www.planetizen.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Planetizen</a></p>