Super Levee Urban Farm
Mowing to Growing: Reinventing the American Lawn, A Design Competition for Creating Productive Green Space in Cities. The competition brief  called for technical, urbanistic, and architectural strategies not simply for the food production required to feed the cities and suburbs, but the possibilities of diet, agriculture, and retrofitted facilities that could achieve that level within the constraints of the local climate and conditions.  

Graphic from the competition board of one of the two winners: AGENCY architecture LLC The entries ranged from vertical farms, neighborhood farms, farming on vacant lots and buildings, abandoned infrastructure, front lawns, strip malls, roof tops, river barges and inside trailers.  The competition drew 202 teams and 850 team members from more than 20 countries and five continents. The jury announced two winners:

FIRST WINNER: AGENCY architecture LLC, USA Ersela Kripa, Stephen Mueller

The project proposes a global system of levees, serving also as a new  brand of urban farms at the city's edge, preserving local ecologies while protecting cities from emerging dangers.  Each stage of the levee supports the next.  Clippings, compost, and surplus crops from farming levels are used as nutrients and food for a series of fish farms, marshes, and restorative dune ecologies.  Waste from marine life and nutrients from algal habitats are then used to fertilized farm levels, making the levee a complete ecology.

SECOND WINNER: Thread Collective and TheGreenest.Net, USA Gita Nandan, Elliott Maltby, Mark Mancuso and Derek Denckl

The Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC):

Farms engages the aging New Yorkers population and inaccessible lawns in order to "create and cultivate farm plots and social spaces within public housing complexes."  NORC FARMS will use urban agriculture to transform grass into a socially, ecologically, economically productive space; activate older New Yorkers, and transforming pulic housing into local agriculture; where the tower in the park becomes the tower in the farm. 


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