We are launching this competition in the context of larger issues concerning the environment, global food production and the imperative to generate a sense of community in our urban and suburban neighborhoods. From Mowing to Growing is not meant to transform each lawn into a garden, but to open us up to the possibilities of self-sustenance, organic growth, and perpetual change. In particular, we seek specific 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.
Seeking architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds:
? How can we break the American love affair with the suburban lawn?
? Can green houses be incorporated in skyscrapers?
? What are the urban design strategies for food production in cities?
? Can food grow on rooftops, parking lots, building facades?
? What is required to remove foreclosure signs on lawns and convert them to gardens?
We want to see how you’d design future-proof spaces and systems to explore the larger framework of suburban and urban agriculture and its effects on the architecture and urban design.
Register by: 03-31-2010 / Submit by: 04-30-2010