Decaying cities as compost

Urban Gardens   

I’ve been thinking about gardens in cities lately. How could they be incorporated into our urban redevelopments?  As courtyard gardens, container gardens, window sill herb gardens, vertical farms on the sides of parking structures, greenhouses in the medians, seed depositories in vaults in your yard next to the water meter, hanging planters from telephone poles and the trees along the sidewalks, community block farms, community cafes.  

MAD Architects Urban Forest, Chongqing (Project 2009)   ( via inhabitat )
Could soil be a form of adaptive reuse? The “decaying” city becomes “compost” for new growth. Gardens sprout in the vacant lots, as infill projects. Suburban lawns are used for food production. Vacant car dealerships become vaults for seed cultivation. They grow gardens on the roofs of buildings. Trellises stretch across public streets thick with hanging tomato plants. There are chickens in everyone’s backyard.      
Urban Farm ( via Flickr )

Buildings could be made of soil containers. Linked together in undulating forms. Cardboard tubes perhaps, biodegradable cell-like clusters of seedlings. Entrances and walkways covered by mesh canopies full of cucumber vines. They grow mushrooms under the jury box at city hall.     

An urban farm, P.F. 1 (Public Farm 1) created by the WORK Architecture group. (via FLICKR) 

Musée du quai Branly – Jean Nouvel ( via Flickr )

Could the act of nurturing a garden become fuel for nurturing the revitalization of cities? Can the act of growing a garden encourage social interaction? Can the city be grown? Can sustainability be measured in chlorophyll and CO2 levels?

Alex MacLean – Flower Fields – ( via Escape into Life )
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