Rooftop to Tabletop: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Food Production

City Farmer has posted an abstract of  Rooftop to Tabletop: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Food Production written by Benjamin Engelhard as his Thesis for Master of Landscape Architecture at University of Washington. The Thesis gives a some background to rooftop agriculture and green roofs and has some great case studies from different parts of the USA. I haven’t had time to read the full document but have put it in my reading list. You can download a full copy of the Rooftop to Tabletop: Repurposing Urban Roofs for Food Production at Cityfarmer.

READING THE LANDSCAPE: On-Line Reading Group Seeking Members

READING THE LANDSCAPE is an on-line reading group dedicated to fostering engaging dialogue about the shaping of our built environment. The inaugural group will begin reading The Landscape Urbanism Reader edited by Charles Waldheim the week of February 21st. The group will include a total of 15 people. Depending on the material selected, the format for the reading group will involve reading a chapter, essay, or article each week with asynchronous on-line discussion regarding it during the following week. The format is intended to make it easier for busy professionals to participate. After each week, one person will summarize the discussion as a blog post for public discussion.

Due to the limited size of the group and the desire to ensure dynamic and multiple perspectives through the inclusion of professionals of diverse backgrounds, the organizers are requesting Letters of Interest from those who would want to participate.

READING THE LANDSCAPE is a collaboration between Damian Holmes founder of the webzine World Landscape Architecture and this website – Land Reader; Jason King, editor of Vegitecture and Landscape + Urbanism, and Brian Phelps, co-founder of All are also avid practicing professionals in landscape architecture and urban design.

For more information email me – Damian Holmes or Jason King or Brian Phelps

New Publication: Scapegoat

A recent post by faslanyc we read about Scapegoat – a new journal on landscape, architecture, and political economy. Its available for free download.

Scapegoat is a publication that engages the political economy of architecture and landscape architecture. The figure of the scapegoat carries the burden of the city and its sins.

The Advantages of High Density

High Density cities have there advantages include convenience, access to transport, reduction in services & infrastructure. Prathima Manohar has outlined more advantages & challenges in a recent post – The Advantages of High Density at Urban Vision

Urbanism – trying to balance wants & needs

Kaid Benfield in his recent post for Switchboard asks “How much Urbanism is enough?”. What is the right balance of walkability and nature? What is your a person who need to retreat from the urban environment? How do we balance transit with driving cars solo?  Kaid looks at various challenges we face in creating cities which create a walkable, green city.

Read more at [Switchboard]

Pushing for changes to Mixed Use Development funding

The National Association of Home Builders in the USA has been enlisted by the Congress of New Urbanists to push Freddie and Fannie to change their lending standards to allow more funding for mixed-use development and raise the cap on commercial from 20% to 45%.

Read more at [Streetsblog]

Part of New York’s industrial past lost

Recently the NYC Parks Department dismantled Pier D on the Hudson Riverfront near the Riverside Park. Removed by the Parks Department as it was slowly disintegrating into the River and once it had fallen into the river would be ‘causing a hazard to navigation’.  The piers were part of the industrial past that once the Hudson River and Riverfront played in New York’s history and surely could have been allowed to slowly fall into the river and be a future dive site for recreational divers.

Read more at the New York Times – Remnants of an Industrial Past, Now Gone

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