Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture

Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture


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Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture by Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar, Joe Nasr

Carrot City is a collection of ideas, both conceptual and realized, that use design to enable sustainable food production, helping to reintroduce urban agriculture to our cities. Focusing on the need and desire to grow food within the city to supply food from local sources, the contributions of architecture, landscape design, and urban design are explored.

Forty projects demonstrate how the production of food can lead to visually striking and artistically interesting solutions that create community and provide inhabitants with immediate access to fresh, healthful ingredients. The authors show how city planning and architecture that considers food production as a fundamental requirement of design result in more community gardens, greenhouses tucked under raised highways, edible landscapes in front yards in place of resource-devouring lawns, living walls that bring greenery into dense city blocks, and productive green roofs on schools and large apartment blocks that can be tended and harvested by students and residents alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580933117
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Publication date: 09/20/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 10.94(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Architect Mark Gorgolewski is a professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University in Toronto. A specialist in sustainable design, he has contributed to or authored dozens of books and papers on the subject. He is a board member of the Canada Green Building Council and Chair of the Association for Environment Conscious Building in the UK. 

June Komisar, an architect and an associate professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, lectures and publishes widely on the topic of designing for urban agriculture and is a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council.

Joe Nasr is an independent scholar, lecturer, and consultant who teaches courses on urban food security and urban agriculture. His 1996 book Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs, and Sustainable Cities was acknowledged as the standard text on the topic.

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