Architects in Vietnam design “Verdant” University.

Architects in Vietnam have designed a “verdant” university campus in Ho Chi Minh City. Vo Trong Nghia Architects specialize in green architecture and were brought in to design a campus for FTP University. The people of Vietnam have been under environmental stress as they have witnessed energy shortages, a rise in temperatures, an increase in pollution, and problems with vegetation and greenery. The architects decided to make a contemporary design…

Read More

Edible Gardens Help Fight HIV in South Africa

The country of Lesotho in South Africa is using edible gardens to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Lesotho is known to have a huge problem with HIV/AIDS infections. It is rated the third highest HIV prevalent country globally. The nation’s population is around two million, and almost a quarter of working-age adults are infected with  HIV. Non-governmental organizations and international agencies have helped out Lesotho’s government fight the epidemic by providing…

Read More

From Architecture to Urban Farming

A Brief Story of a Vision of Urban Farming   “While doing research on solutions for sustainable mixed-use urban corridors, I came to foresee the value of incorporating urban farming into the common space of  habitats.” In a brief story of her vision, Ruth brings us the case of urban farming as a growing movement to tackle problems that the world faces in the 21st century. Her story is personal.…

Read More

“In Defense of Food,” Advice for Health

  Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food, offers advice on how to eat to achieve maximum health. “Where does your food really come from, and what should you have for dinner? Chances are that your food traveled hundreds of miles before it landed on your plate. But some experts say eating local might make us healthier, and better stewards of the environment.” Read an Excerpt (bottom half of…

Read More

Smoothie for Weight Loss & Better Complexion

This is a good way to lose weight, and get a glowing complexion. Green smoothies are rich in immune boosting nutrients, which provide the body with minerals and vitamins. Also, a green smoothie gets their vibrant color from chlorophyll, a nutrient-rich pigment found in leafy vegetables, which cleans the body of harmful toxins, oxygenates the blood and helps boost energy. INGREDIENTS: A bunch of Kale/or Spinach, fresh from Tower Garden…

Read More

Different Ways of Producing and Providing Food

French Pavilion at the Expo Milan 2015: Different Ways of Producing and Providing Food Let’s take a look at the french pavilion at the 2015 Expo Milano. It is an interesting lightweight wood structure that can be dismantled and reused at the end of the Expo. How can we feed the world, today and tomorrow? How can we ensure adequate food for mankind that is of good quality and healthy…

Read More

Rooftop Aquaponics

World’s First Commercial Rooftop Aquaponic Farm by David Thorpe Urban farming comes in many shapes and forms: from traditional farming, to permaculture, hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics. These new farming systems will help develop more produce in urban environments and have more residents be engaged in providing food to their families and communities. David Thorpe focuses on aquaponics, and how it has grown commercially in Switzerland. This type of farming will…

Read More

What is Unique About Aeroponics?

Aeroponics is considered a closed hydroponic system. Therefore, nutrients and water are continually recycled, preserving our natural resources and the environment. This economical growing system is suitable for home growers and commercial growers alike, and can produce a wide variety of crops in a relatively small growing space. Aeroponics is cutting edge in the world of hydroponics. Aeroponics is a hydroponic system in which plant roots are suspended in air…

Read More

Food & the City: Urban Agriculture

Farm Urbana 2014 - Ruth Meghiddo

Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution When you’re standing in the midst of a supermarket, it’s hard to imagine that you’re looking at a failing industrial food system. The abundance all around you looks impressive but is really a facade. In fact, there’s just a three-day supply of food available for any given city due to complex, just-in-time international supply chains. The system is not…

Read More