lunedì 28 febbraio 2011

Green Container

(from laud8)
A project by Exposure Architects (Bergamo, Italy)
The starting point was a standard 40-foot (12-metre) container, a HighCube (interior height of 2.7 metres), with a useful life of 5 years before being scrapped.
Although there has been an ample number of cases where containers have been reused by transforming them into temporary residences or construction site offices or into permanent structures, we wanted to approach our project by trying to maintain some of the intrinsic characteristics of the container, that is, mobility, standardized transport, selfsufficiency where possible and flexibility of use.

Greentainer is a vessel–a container in the real sense of the word–suitable for multiple uses and destinations, from a small company canteen to a trade show lounge bar, an exhibition room for travelling exhibits and a meeting room; it can be positioned in a park or a courtyard, in an open space or closed area.

the footprint of a greentainer
Greentainer can be easily transported by a container hauler, and there is no need for a construction license. In line with environmental sustainability, the container has
been equipped with a photovoltaic system that supplies all the energy necessary to run the heating-cooling system, the lights and other devices.

Greentainer is a completely glassed-in structure, open to and integrated with its setting. It gives whoever enters it the sensation of still being outside, in complete symbiosis with the surrounding environment. The synthetic grass floor evokes greenmeadows, while themicaceous colour of the framework makes it almost invisible. Therefore, since its environmental impact is extremely low, Greentainer can be installed at sites
with stringent architectonic constraints.”

martedì 22 febbraio 2011

SOA Architectes. Ferme pédagogique


DATE: 2009

Nouveau service des espaces verts, ferme pédagogique, écomusée et logement gardien à Rosny-sous-Bois
LIEU : Plateau d’Avron, Rosny-sous-Bois (93)
MOA : Mairie de Rosny-sous-Bois
SHON : 3 079 m²
BET : Archimen B.E. & économie
Clément Guillaume

La ferme pédagogique et l’écomusée sont conçus en ossature et bardage bois. L’usage de ce matériau fait référence à la grange et aux bâtiments d’hébergement des animaux. Ces deux bâtiments sont ceinturés par un mur massif qui constitue la cour de la ferme. Ce mur de béton est doublé de gabions colonisés par des mousses et des végétaux grimpants. L’idée est de bâtir une enceinte végétale qui sépare et relie à la fois la cour de ferme et les champs de culture et d’élevage qui lui font face. 
Le hangar exprime au contraire de la ferme une impression d’ouverture sur le site, une fusion entre le sol et le ciel.

Un jeu de profondeurs et de teintes donné par différentes couches translucides, transparentes et opaques opère une vibration qui imite le dessin des arbres et de la nature. Depuis l’intérieur, une multitude de cadrages font pénétrer l’environnement extérieur. 
L’ordonnancement du paysage s’appuie sur les traces du parcellaire agricole et l’organisation du centre spor¬tif contigu. Ces axes se poursuivent afin d’aménager les espaces de la friche en profondeur. les croisements de ces deux trames organisent et hiérarchisent la promenade pédagogique du site.

lunedì 21 febbraio 2011

SOA Architectes. La ferme verticale

Vertical Farm, 2005

founded by architects pierre saroux and augustin rosenstiehl in 2001, SOA
calls on and pulls from a variety of disciplines including architecture, design, ethnology
and conceptual art. by nature, the firm is heavily driven by research, regularly producing
analysis projects that grow as offshoot pieces from designs in progress. topics range from
the issues and potentials of urban agricultural density to a study of french prisons and
the exploration of a new penitentiary model. 

domenica 13 febbraio 2011

Manifesto dei villaggi agricoli

Sul blog F-urbe è leggibile la versione integrale del Manifesto dei villaggi agricoli per la gestione dell'Agro romano, di Luigi Greco.

"I 99 aforismi del Manifesto, letti in sequenza o singolarmente, contribuiscono a delineare l’idea, l’ambiente e le ragioni del Villaggio agricolo teorico: modello per gli insediamenti da realizzare nella Città della trasformazione prevista dal Piano regolatore generale di Roma. 
Immersi nell’ Agro, tutt’intorno la città, i Villaggi agricoli sono le unità di una nuova organizzazione territoriale per il comune di Roma, nodi di una cintura di terreni coltivati, contrappongono alle speculazioni edilizie la cura del paesaggio periurbano". 

lunedì 7 febbraio 2011

Plant Pests

55 of Europe’s most common plant pests in a wall poster found via the Scandinavian Fishing Year Book

Green Guerrillas

This is how to make a "seed grenade," "seed bomb," or, more prosaically, seed ball.Seed balls, simply put, are a method for distributing seeds by encasing them in a mixture of clay and compost. This protects the seeds by preventing them from drying out in the sun, getting eaten by birds, or from blowing away.

venerdì 4 febbraio 2011

Public farm at P.S.1



Public Farm 1 is a project designed by WORK Architecture Company for MoMA and P.S.1's Young Architects Program. Public Farm 1 will be on view in P.S.1's outdoor courtyard beginning June 20, 2008 for the 2008 WARM UP music series. Public Farm 1 will function as an urban farm while providing an outdoor social space for the summer.
P.F.1 will combine playful programs with educational ones, creating a sense of community around the shared experience of growing food. Bringing sustainable construction together with sustainable agriculture, P.F.1 will be built entirely of recyclable materials, be 100% solar-powered and will utilize rain collection for irrigation. P.F.1 is formed as a folded plane made from cardboard tubes, designed to hold planters for vegetables, herbs and fruit. While most of the tubes create an elevated canopy for shade, some tubes extend to the ground to become columns. Each column holds a different program, from seating to sound environments to a mobile phone charging column and even a juice bar at the farmers market.
P.F.1’s intent is to educate thousands of visitors on sustainable urban farming through the unique medium of contemporary architecture. The P.F.1 project has already received tremendous attention and a number of New York institutions will participate. The Queens County Farm Museum (QCFM) is providing guidance and green house space, the Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY) is growing additional plants through its GreenHouse program on Rikers Island and its Green Team will assist with the maintenance of the farm throughout the summer. The Council on the Environment of New York (CENYC) has assisted with the design and installation of the water collection system and organizing a weekly farmers market at P.S.1 to accompany the Warm Up parties on Saturdays.

Public Farm 1

Above the Pavement—The Farm! is a smorgasbord. Based on P.F.1 (Public Farm 1)—a temporary working urban farm and social space built within a cardboard structure rising over 30 feet high, filled with 19 tons of experimental soil, and featuring more than 50 varieties of plants and vegetables—this book explains the literal nuts and bolts of what might appear at the outset an impossibly utopian endeavor. Architects WORKac designed and organized P.F.1 for MoMA’s P.S.1 2008 Young Architects Program with the ambition of creating a new type of sustainable urban infrastructure, producing its own power, reclaiming rainwater, and creating sustenance. This was done with the help of more than 150 collaborators including farmers, politicians, horticulturists, technicians, soil scientists, architecture students, and artists. These participants’ oral histories form the bulk of this book’s narration, demystifying a fast-paced, complex collaborative process.
P.F.1 is also situated here within a delectable range of ideas and issues found at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and food. Artist and “Edible Estates” activist Fritz Haeg muses on the relationship between architecture and the land. Architectural historian Meredith TenHoor presents a selection of architect-designed farms from the 18th century to the present. MVRDV’s Winy Maas discusses the role of the visionary in today’s cities with WORKac’s Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. As a final treat, readers will find a P.F.1-inspired vegetable salad recipe by the Gramercy Tavern’s Head Chef Michael Anthony.


Vacant property garden

City Farm grows lettuce and other produce on top of two feet of rich compost on vacant property in Chicago. An impermeable layer of clay isolates the food from potentially contaminated soil beneath.

From Building Green