UAI | DESIGN
Municipal lots are perfect areas for urban agriculture to thrive. Here we can design an elegant and lush landscape of edible plantings for a community to enjoy and flourish. Municipalities across the nation are considering the benefits of local food production as a way of reaching those trapped in “food deserts.” Local food production of healthy, nutritious foods is a positive step to increasing the community health of neighborhoods. To enable these helpful landscapes, many municipalities are in the process of adapting zoning codes, land use plans, and site-specific projects to embrace the widespread public interest in localized food production. As an important component of urban sustainable development initiatives, Urban Agriculture Inc. has become endorsed by a majority of civic leaders. From Michelle Obama to Mayor Reed, our nations leaders are excited about the benefits that Urban Agriculture can provide.
Organize listening sessions with citizens, stakeholders, and civic and community leaders to air ideas, concerns, wants, wishes, and desires.
Site inventory, data collection, and analysis. What’s in the soil? What plants currently exists? Who currently uses the space? All these questions and more are answered to help gain an understanding of the unique features of a site.
Public input sessions. Communities are shown presentations of ecological findings at the site and asked what they would like to see. Social media platforms provide a way for community members to vote on program elements,re-watch presentations, and access information.
- Design Charrettes. By definition, a charrette is an intense period of design or planning activity. Our charrettes are a collaboration of stakeholders drafting and drawing ideas in an effort to solve a planning or design challenge. UAI’s role is to make sure all community efforts are reaching toward the end goal. Additionally, UAI will publish, deliver, and present all the hard work from the charrette.
- Schematic Designs. Once a clear direction for an urban agricultural landscape has been established, UAI can provide realistic renderings of how the designed landscape will look, feel, and be experienced.
- Construction Documentation. On staff at UAI are licensed landscape architects to provide documentation to bring a project to construction.
- Assistance in writing RFP’s or RFQ’s.
Trinity Avenue Farm Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. http://www.trinityavenuefarm.org/
These images are from our design proposal for the Trinity Avenue Farm in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The goal of this project is for the City of Atlanta to establish a Center of Urban Agriculture for the community, and to do so an aesthetically-stunning and profoundly engaging way – a vision of civic space with few, if any, comparable examples elsewhere in the country.
One of the stipulations was to minimize traditional straight-line garden beds and farm rows for annual vegetables and instead focus on innovative food production methods more suitable to the unique (i.e. small and vertical) spaces of urban environments.
A diverse and integrated approach to urban agriculture was encouraged, as well as site design that utilized other sustainable technologies and land use practices in a complementary way. The project guidelines also called for a detailed plan for budget, implementation, and long-term management strategies. The City of Atlanta is currently in the process of procuring funds for the implementation of the project – stay tuned!
JUNE 2015 Trinity Ave Farm UPDATED:
City of Warner Robins Park at Walker Pond (2015)