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The Edible City

The Edible City
Design
Dan Gould
  • 9 july 2008

The BBC has a great piece on the increasing popular trend of urban farming. They cite successful examples of growing edible plants in unlikely locations including McGill University’s “Making the Edible Campus” project and Vancouver’s South East False Creek.

BBC News reports:

Can our cities keep consuming in the face of food shortages and higher prices? A solution could be for urban areas to grow their own food as is being tried in Canada.

Campaigners hope the UK will follow and some hope the 2012 Olympics in London could be the catalyst.

So, would you like to study on an edible campus? Or live on an edible estate?

And no, we’re not talking about a university run by Willy Wonka or a home designed by Hansel and Gretel.

Instead, this is architecture – and entire urban landscapes – designed to fulfil our ever-growing need for food.

Could we make our cities more sustainable – even self-sufficient – if the need to grow food locally was designed into every stage of building, from drawing board to decor?

[via BBC News]

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