Paris allows anyone to plant an urban garden

October 10, 2016 by  
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Paris just passed a new law that allows anyone to plant an urban garden within the city’s limits. Upon receiving a permit, gardeners can grow plants on walls, in boxes, on rooftops, under trees, or on fences. They can cultivate greenery in front of their homes or offices. They can grow flowers, vegetables, and fruit. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo’s goal is to create 100 hectares of living walls and green roofs by the year 2020, with one third of that greenery dedicated to agriculture . Locals are encouraged to be ” gardeners of the Parisian public space ” under the new law. Gardeners must use sustainable methods, avoiding pesticides and promoting biodiversity in the city. They are asked to sign a “Charter of revegetation” and grow “local honey plants,” and they will need to maintain their urban gardens and ensure the greenery enhances the city’s aesthetic. The City of Paris will issue the three-year permits, with the option to renew them. Related: Plant-covered Mobile Green Living Room travels through Europe The city asked residents to get creative with where they grow plants, and it will contribute a “planting kit” with seeds and topsoil. They say they’ve offered a few suggestions, but mainly hope people will use their imagination for where they might be able to green the city. Paris city officials hope the law will improve the quality of life for city dwellers and boost the beauty of the city. Assistant to the Mayor of Paris Penelope Komitès also said cultivating the gardens could help locals strengthen relationships with their neighbors and “create social links.” Via La Relève et La Peste Images via snoeziesterre on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Australian desert farm grows 17,000 metric tons of vegetables with just seawater and sun

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This incredible farm makes tomato plants bloom in the desert using nothing more than sunlight and seawater . Needing no soil, fossil fuels, groundwater, or pesticides, Sundrop Farms grows crops in a hydroponic greenhouse lined with water-drenched cardboard. The 20-hectare farm officially opened on October 6th near Port Augusta, and their desert-grown tomatoes are already for sale in Australian grocery stores Sundrop Farms works agricultural magic. Conventional farming won’t work in the desert region, but that doesn’t matter for this desert farm. It obtains water from the Spencer Gulf, and desalinizes the water using renewable energy. 23,000 mirrors reflect light to a receiver tower to generate solar power . When the sun is shining, the system can provide 39 megawatts of clean energy – that’s enough to keep the desalination plant working and power the greenhouse, which is heated during the winter. Related: Sahara Desert Project to grow 10 hectares of food in Tunisian desert The facility can grow 17,000 metric tons of produce each year. 18,000 tomato plants grow in the greenhouse, and Sundrop Farms aims to grow other crops like fruit and peppers. Plants are grown in coconut husks, and the farm employs ” predatory insects ” to control pests that could harm plants. The farming system cost $200 million to build – but Sundrop Farms CEO Philipp Saumweber says the hefty price tag will pay off over time because the farm won’t need to purchase any fossil fuels. The farm can hook up to the grid if there are winter solar power shortages, however its ultimate goal is to progress to the point where it’s completely self-sufficient. According to Sundrop Farms , “we are breaking farming’s dependence on finite resources.” This year they broke ground on a farm in Tennessee, and they recently finished their first European farm in Portugal. + Sundrop Farms Via New Scientist Images via Sundrop Farms Facebook

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Triptyque gives a 1970s office building an eco-friendly makeover in Brazil

October 10, 2016 by  
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Located within the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s business and economic district, the 85-meter-tall RB12 sports a new bioclimatic facade with zigzagging glazed panels and louvers that reduce solar heat gain but allow desired natural light in. Natural ventilation flows throughout the building. Plant-filled balconies punctuate the sculptural facade and aid in natural cooling. The landscaping is irrigated with harvested rainwater, which is also used to flush the toilets. Related: Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil “RB12 embodies an innovative new concept of sustainable development based on energy production, thus following the global trend of green-refurbishment, which consists in adapting and upgrading old buildings in order to align them with sustainable development criteria,” say the architects. “Among the environmental requirements that RB12 comprises are: thermal comfort, managing water consumption, optimizing natural light system, clean energy production through solar panels and fuel cells .” RB12 was redeveloped as part of Porto Maravilha, an area undergoing urban revitalization to improve living conditions in downtown Rio de Janeiro. + Triptyque Via ArchDaily Images via Triptyque

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INFOGRAPHIC: The ultimate guide to guerrilla gardening

May 15, 2015 by  
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Guerrilla gardening is the act of taking on a patch of neglected, bedraggled public land to make it beautiful using flowers, vegetables, and fruits. So whether you live in an apartment but still have a hankering to get your gardening on or you just want to pretty up a neglected patch of weeds on your street, guerrilla gardening could be the answer. This infographic is the ultimate guide to getting you started on guerrilla gardening in your own neighborhood – check it out after the jump to learn how to make seed bombs, pick the perfect target and how to keep your garden looking good all season long. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The ultimate guide to guerrilla gardening Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: city gardening , city gardens , gardens , green gardening , green graphics , guerrilla gardening , guerrilla gardens , infographics , reader submissions , seed bombs , seedbombing , urban gardening , urban gardens

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The Super®Bag Vertical Growbag Makes Gardening in Small Spaces Much Simpler

August 13, 2013 by  
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The Super®Bag is a vertical growbag made for urban gardeners. This cool and simple idea from Harvey Grows  provides a fantastic growing solution for those who live in the city and have limited outdoor space available. The space-saving vertical design keeps your balcony or terrace area free from clutter with its large containers, but still provides you with plenty of area to sow your seeds. Check out Harvey Grows ‘ newly launched Kickstarter campaign for more details on the Super®Bag , and to support their product—select funders will get a growbag of their own! + Harvey Grows The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: city gardening , grow bag , harvey grows , small space gardens , Super®Bag , urban gardening , urban gardens , vertical gardens        

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Futuristic Urban Farm Comes With its Own TV Station

February 15, 2010 by  
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We’ve seen urban farms before, but here’s one that takes city gardening to a whole ‘nother level. One UK architecture student created plans for a center that’s part vertical farm , part TV station.

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