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Asphalt Garden: Urban farms are bringinghyper-local food options and more

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Urban farms are cropping up in cities across the nation, bringing hyper-local food options and greener streetscapes to areas thatonce lacked both. With nearly 80 percent of Americans now living in urban areas and food transportation energy accounting for as much as two-thirds the energy required to grow it, there's a powerful argument to be made for keeping the foods we grow, buy, and eat even closer to home-in the backyards, vacant lots, and rooftops of even our most densely built urban areas. This article explo res what's already underway in urban areas and what the future might hold. The target audience is quite broad including the entir e team of architects, engineers, owners, users and institutional clients who are concerned with the quality of life, green buildin gs, green cities and mitigating green house gases.

Objectives

  • Discuss challenges to establishing agriculture in the urban environment
  • Cite examples of ways that urban agriculture works with and enhances ecosystems within cities
  • List techniques that help urban farmers establish productive farms in urban-scale spaces
  • Understand the environmental and community benefits that accompany urban agriculture
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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0