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Mark Gorgolewski    Professor, Department of Architectural
                    Science, Ryerson University; and director,
                    Canada Green Building Council

June Komisar        Associate Professor, Department of
                    Architectural Science, Ryerson University;
                    and member; Toronto Food Policy Council

Joe Nasr           Associate, Centre for Studies in Food
                   Security, Ryerson Univeristy; and co-
                   coordinator, MetroAG-Alliance for Urban


This traveling exhibition was first mounted         The exhibition explores a variety of issues re-
from February to April 2009 at the Design Ex-       lated to designing for urban agriculture, through
change in Toronto (, sponsored by        a series of case studies, products and systems.
Loblaws (presenting sponsor) The Big Carrot,        It includes a balance between selected projects
Carrot Cache, Hellmanns, Parc Downsview             that were recently completed or are currently
Park, and Toronto Region and Conservation. It       under way, and visionary, speculative projects
shows how the design of buildings and towns         by professional designers as well as students.
is enabling the production of food in the city.     These projects are presented through three
It explores the relationship of design and ur-      main sections, representing three scales of
ban food systems as well as the impact that         analysis: City; Community; and Home & Work.
agricultural issues have on the design of urban     In addition to the projects, a fourth section,
spaces and buildings as society addresses the       Products, illustrates technologies and systems
issues of a more sustainable pattern of living.     that are innovating food production approach-
                                                    es in urban contexts. Some of the main themes
The focus is on how the increasing interest in      featured include:
growing food within the city, supplying food lo-
cally, and food security in general, is changing    • What is the place of food in the city?
urban design and built form. Carrot City show-      • How are “waste” spaces being transformed
cases projects in Toronto and other Canadian        by food projects?
cities, illustrating how such concerns are chang-   • What are the implications on materials, tech-
ing both the urban landscape and architecture.      nologies and structures?
It also includes relevant international examples
to show how ideas from other countries can be       The content includes boards with images and
integrated into the Canadian experience. The        explanatory text, models, installations, videos,
exhibition contains a mix of realised projects      and a display of related publications.
and speculative design proposals that illustrate
the potential for design that responds to food

#35 Urban Barn (Edmonds)
Food is one of our most basic needs. It is an       the reintroduction of urban food production is a
integral part of culture and has been a driv-       viable and sustainable alternative to shipping
ing force in the creation of human settlements.     food from far away. Furthermore, food produc-
Originally, food was closely linked with urban      tion in urban spaces allows us to reimagine
form since most food came from local or re-         both buildings and spaces within the city. This
gional sources. However, with the rise of agri-     empowers designers to develop exciting and
business, cheap transport, and food preser-         imaginative new proposals for what a future
vation technology, the distance between farm        “Productive City” may be like.
and market has dramatically increased. The
separation of cities from their food sources        The role of architecture in food production, dis-
and other aspects of modern food production         tribution and related issues is a new area of
are being questioned because of the damage          study, despite the historical importance of food
caused to the natural environment, the high         in cities. The emerging alternative food move-
energy consumption involved in transporting         ment has only just begun to engage with the
food and the contribution of such practices to      possible contributions that designers and the
climate change. At the same time, the quality       design process can provide. The built environ-
of the food available to urban residents is sub-    ment and food policy meet at the point where
ject to increasing concern. Furthermore, the        architects and landscape architects incorporate
question of how to feed the urban population,       farmers’ markets, greenhouses, edible land-
particularly during crisis, must be confronted.     scapes, living walls, permeable paving, green
These issues are becoming more urgent every         roofs, and community gardens into architec-
day as neighbourhoods evolve into “food des-        tural programs. Such examples of the connec-
erts.” Their lack of access to affordable food,     tions between food issues and built form have
food banks and soup kitchens. demonstrates          the potential to transform not only food produc-
the urgent need to enable access to healthy         tion and distribution, but basic assumptions
food, and food security for everyone.               about the programming required in the design
                                                    of buildings and urban spaces.
Reconnecting cities to their food systems is
emerging not only as one of the core compo-         Recently, urban agriculture and food security
nents of more sustainable urban settlements         have attracted considerable interest in Toron-
but also as a way to increase access to food.       to and many other cities. Lectures, presenta-
Movements such as community-supported ag-           tions, exhibits and publications on these sub-
riculture, farmers’ markets, the 100-mile diet      jects have increased significantly in the last few
and Slow Food put the local food supply at the      years – including ones spearheaded by built
heart of urban sustainability. They encourage       environment professionals. These activities in-
us to consider ourselves co-producers, not          clude the Edible City exhibit at the Netherlands
consumers, and in this way engage us in the         Architecture Institute, a focus on food within
many aspects of the food system. Local food         the London Architecture Festival, and several
production and processing (growing, selling         books such as Hungry City: How Food Shapes
and cooking) can also act as a focus for com-       Our Lives and Continuous Productive Urban
munity participation and engagement, empow-         Landscapes. In addition, the “Actions” exhibit,
ering people through learning about their food      displayed at the Canadian Centre for Architec-
system and its cultural dimensions.                 ture, featured gardening as one of its four fo-
                                                    cus areas. In 2008, the curators of Carrot City
In a world where food is becoming more ex-          organized a symposium entitled “The Role of
pensive to produce and unsustainable to ship,       Food and Agriculture in the Design and Plan-
local food is seen as part of sustainable living,   ning of Buildings and Cities,” held at Ryerson
and food production is becoming an integral         University in Toronto. This laid the ground for
part of sustainable urban design. The history       the present exhibition.
of the potager, kitchen gardens, and of course,
victory gardens during World War II, shows that
Carrot City is a collection of ideas, both          architecture, industrial design, sculpture, and
conceptual and realized, that use design to         urban planning projects. They begin to answer
enable sustainable food production, helping to      difficult design questions, including: How does
reintroduce urban agriculture to our cities. This   a modern city address food production? How
exhibition considers how the design of cities,      will the integration of food production into the
urban landscapes, buildings, and gardens can        city affect our buildings and urban spaces?
facilitate the production of food in the city. It   How are we to reconcile increased urban
explores the role that design professionals can     populations and densities with land use for
play in strengthening the links between urban       food production? How can we integrate food
environments and food, and the impact that          production into dense urban areas and into
agricultural issues have on the design of urban     tight buildings and spaces?
spaces and buildings. It also explores the
relationships between designing sustainably         The projects include a mix of realized design
and enabling the production and supply of food      work and speculative concepts that illustrate
from local sources.                                 the exciting potential for urban projects that
                                                    focus on food issues. The work is from both
Because urban food production is sometimes          Canada and abroad.
rejected on aesthetic grounds, the design of
garden spaces incorporating edible plants is        The exhibition is divided into four sections:
crucial to their acceptance. Featured here are      City; Community; Home and Work; and
designs that have responded to this challenge       Products that enable food production in the
with visually striking and artistically engaging    city. These categories relate to four different
spaces.                                             scales of design, showcasing projects that
                                                    illustrate a variety of approaches that designers
This exhibit includes works by design               from across the world have used to address
professionals, artists and students, conceiving     agriculture and the urban experience.
architecture,   urban     design,    landscape

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rements               1. CITY
                      These projects envision urban food production at
                      a large scale, sometimes incorporating whole cit-
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                      ies or regions. They point to new ways of imagin-
                      ing urban areas. One of the influential concepts                                  1                         2
                      explored here is the idea of “Continuous Produc-
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                      tive Urban Landscapes” which re-purpose under-

                      used spaces such as riverbanks, median strips,
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                      public park areas, schoolyards, and boulevards
                      as linked sites of production. Large-scaled pub-
                      lic planning initiatives that include urban agricul-                              3                         4

                      ture within a larger master plan are also included


                      here, such as Toronto’s Tower Renewal Project


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                      The ambitious thinking reflected in visionary con-

                                                                                                green infrastructures.

                      cepts such as Vertical Farms and Pig City are

                                                                                                (3) Insert agriculturally productive land.

                      purposely provocative. Several ongoing initia-                            (4) Feed your city! [d]
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                      5. White Bay Eco City 2050 (U. of Sydney)

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                                                                                                                              Existing playgrounds and playing fields
                      7. Cuba - Laboratory for UA                                                                                      Small specific leisure buildings

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                       10. Ravine City / Farm City
y, what would we keep, what would we change? For food, fruit and vegetables provide             A Continuous Productive Urban Landscape needs to be considered

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 ield per unit area, therefore it makes sense to localize their production. This is neither     in future urban planning as Essential Infrastructure - just as roads
                       11. Post Carbon Don Mills (Blois)
pt: In 1826, Johann Heinrich von Thünen developed a land use pattern for feeding cities.        are now. An inventory of open spaces should be created to determine

nsportation and took account of crop yield and durability. Von Thünen is one of CPUL's          a city's suitability for urban food growing. Selected open spaces can
                       12. Making the diversity, heat island mitigation - and
 ban corridors, i.e. for transport, ecological Edible Landscape: Rosario space                  then be connected via new routes offering fast and safe ways through
dents.                                                                                        #19 Pig City (MVRVD Architects)
                                                                                                the city.
                     13. Making the Edible Landscape: Colombo
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                     14. Ouro Preto project: Designing for Food (Brazil)
                     15. Detroit Studio - Balduck Park Study
     16. Edible Ecologies (Potteiger URBAN LANDSCAPE
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                     17. Greenhouse Village (Netherlands)
                     18. Agroparks (Netherlands)
                     19. Pig City (MVRVD Architects)
                     20. Vertical Farms (Chicago, Dubai)

                                                                                              #11 Post Carbon Don Mills (Blois)
                                                             2. COMMUNITY
                                                             This section looks at buildings and spaces that
                                                             strengthen communities. The work ranges from
                                                             community greenhouses to community food
                                                             centres that house various initiatives that teach
                                                             people to grow food, help to develop and manage
                                                             allotment and community gardens, assist in de-
                                                             veloping micro-enterprises that are food centered,
                                                             and supply food banks and soup kitchens with
                                                             fresh produce they otherwise lack. Featured are
                                                             neighbourhood-scaled initiatives such as Grow-
                                                             ing Home in Chicago and Growing Power in Mil-
#23 Inuvik Community Greenhouse                              waukee. These projects have demonstrated the
                                                             transformative power of urban gardening through
                                                             educational initiatives, back-to-work programs,
                                                             improved access to affordable and healthy food,
                                                             and the creation of a focal point for the commu-
                                                             nity. The examples here show the relationships
                                                             between urban agriculture, design, and commu-
                                                             nity building.

                                                                COMMUNITY - panels
                                                             21. Wood Street Urban Farm (Chicago)
                                                             22. Growing Power (Millwaukee)
                                                             23. Inuvik Community Greenhouse
#25 50 Cent Curtis Jackson garden (NY Restoration Project)   24. South End Roxbury Community Garden
                                                             25. 50 Cent Curtis Jackson garden
                                                                 (NY Restoration Project)
                                                             26. Hellmann’s Urban Gardens Program
                                                             27. RISC’s Rooftop Forest (Reading International
                                                                 Solidarity Centre, UK)
                                                             28. Trent University (Peterbrough)
                                                             29. The Edible Campus (McGill)
                                                             30. NutriCentre (McGill)
                                                             31. Artscape Wychwood Barns
                                                             32. Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto
                                                             33. Toronto Urban Farm (Black Creek)
                                                             34. The Living City (Kortright Farm/McVean Farm)
                                                             35. Urban Barn Thesis (Jordan Edmonds)
                                                             36. Community Groundworks at Troy Gardens
                                                                 (Madison, WI)
                                                             37. Ryerson Thesis: Teaching about Growing
                                                                 (Dmitrieva, Augustine, Goymour)
                                                             38. LARC 501 Introductory studio - UBC

#37 Ryerson Thesis: Teaching About Growing
                                                             39. Urban Agriculture Hub (Guiry)
#43 Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates

#49 60 Richmond Street West (Teeple Architects)
3. HOME & WORK                                           HOME & WORK - panels
From restaurants to hotels, from condominium         40 Mole Hill (Vancouver)
complexes to row houses, these projects illus-
                                                     41 City Farmer (Vancouver)
trate the possibilities of linking food production
to workplaces and the home. While providing a        42 Curran House (San Francisco, David Baker
source for local food, such strategies can provide      Architect)
other benefits such as thermal performance           43 Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates
improvements from productive green roofs and
green walls. The work shown here makes clear         44 Rooftop gardens at Fairmont Hotels
that many home and work environments can be             (Toronto & Vancouver)
potentially productive.                              45 Carrot Common

In this section, compelling ideas include food       46 2nd Street Residence, NYC - Jeff Heehs
production as an integral part of alternative           (designer/owner)
housing types such as co-housing, orchards,          47 2 Chicago rooftops (Uncommon Ground
allotment gardens on rooftops, and community            Restaurant / True Nature Foods)
gardens in laneways. Examples here include
                                                     48 The Freesia (Vancouver)
chefs who are able to offer fresh herbs from their
own restaurant gardens and families who can          49 60 Richmond Street (Teeple Architects)
have vegetables from their yard or rooftop that      50 Vertical Farm Arcology (Graff)
taste better than anything store-bought.
                                                     51 Ryerson theses: Food & communal housing
                                                         (Seed, Vernon, Winkler)
#62 ELT Living Wall                       #64 Amphorae

#65 Eglu

     PRODUCTS - panels                          4. PRODUCTS
52 Beehives (Holcim Competition)                Urban agriculture requires a toolbox of objects,
                                                technologies, systems and components to en-
53 Rooftop containers (Alternatives)
                                                able food production. Shown in this section are
54 Bagriculture                                 designs from around the world, both prototypes
55 Public Farm 1 (NYC)                          and currently implemented products that foster
                                                urban food production. The term “products” was
56 Solar Bubble Greenhouse                      used to describe ideas that are not site specific,
57 Vertically intergrated greenhouses           but can be applied in various locations and situ-
                                                ations. These include technologies such as liv-
58 Science Barge (NYC)                          ing wall systems, green roof modules, planter
59 Molecular Kitchen (Blackwell)                systems, chicken coops, beehives, vertically in-
                                                tegrated greenhouses and mobile support struc-
60 Green roof systems
                                                tures. Some designs tackle the problem of the
61 Biotop (container roof system)               prohibitive cost of soil remediation, solved by a
62 Green Walls (ELT living wall system)         wide range of container garden ideas. Other de-
                                                signs solve the problem of small growing spaces,
63 Tomato plant stands                          still others deal with existing roofscapes that can-
64   Amphorae                                   not support heavy planters. While some of these
                                                items are based on sophisticated principles and
65 Eglu chicken coops
                                                state-of-the-art techniques and materials, many
                                                products consist of off-the-shelf components that
                                                provide creative urban agriculture solutions for a
                                                variety of challenges.
 1. Hedgegrow Proposal (Downsview Park)
 2. Chicago vertical farm
 3. Centre for the Urban Gardener model
     (Victoria Dmitrieva thesis)
 4. Urban Agriculture Hub model
     (Andy Guiry thesis)
 5. Landsdowne Cohousing model
     (Micah Vernon thesis)
 6. Alternatives containers
 7. Bag planters (Topher Delaney & What if)
 8. P.F.1 Sonotubes
 9. BIOTOP roof container system
10. ELT living wall
11. Plant-pot stand
12. Amphorae
13. Eglu chicken coop
14. Mini-greenhouse of recycled windows

                                              #8 Public Farm 1 (Board #55)

#3 Victoria Dmitrieva thesis (board #37)

Containers for Urban Agriculture              #14 Mini Greenhouse of recycled windows
Curators                                          Research & Implementation Team
Dr. Mark Gorgolewski – Professor,                 Krysia Gorgolewska
   Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson   Antonio Leung
   University; and director of CaGBC              Jun Liu                              Pamela Love
Dr. June Komisar – Associate Professor,           Sebastian Lubczynski
   Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson   Stanley Wai Lung
   University; and Member, Toronto Food Policy    Danielle O’Donoghue
   Council –                  Rachel Pressick
Dr. Joe Nasr – Associate, Centre for Studies in   Liming Qiu
   Food Security, Ryerson University; and         Irivia Rovika
   co-coordinator, MetroAg – Alliance for Urban   Julie Jooyun Shin
    Agriculture –                Adam Smith
                                                  Melody Taghi-Poor
Presenting Sponsor                                Pearl Waiyin Tam
Loblaw Companies Limited                          Michael Vernon
                                                  Elmira Yousefi
Supporting Sponsors
The Big Carrot/Carrot Cache                       Technical & Administrative Support
Hellmann’s                                        Frank Bowen, Ryerson University Department of
Parc Downsview Park                                  Architectural Science
Toronto and Region Conservation                   Jim Elliot, Ryerson University Department of
                                                     Architectural Science
Partners                                          Susan Harrington, Ryerson University Department
The Design Exchange                                  of Architectural Science
Ryerson University                                Jasmine Kwong, Ryerson University Centre for
 The Department of Architectural Science             Studies in Food Security
 The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and     Colette Murphy, Urban Harvest
 Science                                          Mathis Natvik, Natvik Ecological
 The Centre for Studies in Food Security          Rosa Umana-Rosales, Ryerson University
 The REAL Lab at The Department of                   Department of Architectural Science
    Architectural Science, funded by the Canada   Esmeralda Monroy Ortiz, Ryerson University
   Foundation for Innovation                         Department of Architectural Science

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Alternatives (Montreal)
                                                  Daniela Bryson, Exhibitions Coordinator
Mark Bearak, Dora Kelle, and Adam Mercier         Claudine Crangle, Director of Marketing,
   (Columbia University)                          Sponsorship and PR
Bohn and Viljoen architects
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
   Eric Ellingsen/TJ McLeish                      Thanks to all the architects, artists and other de-
Topher Delaney                                    signers who provided content and materials, and in
Victoria Dmitrieva                                some cases drafted boards. This exhibit intention-
ELT Living Walls                                  ally relied on the inputs and creative energies of
FoodShare                                         students and professionals who were asked to take
Andy Guiry                                        the lead on the preparation of the majority of the
Natvik Ecological                                 boards, under the guidance of the curators. Thus, it
Omlet, USA                                        served as a collaborative exercise for over a dozen
The Hedgerow Project                              architecture students at Ryerson, and allowed a
The Stop Community Food Centre                    number of other designers to convey their visions
Urban Harvest                                     in their own voice.
Micah Vernon
Joanne Weber (Eastcliff Farm)
What If

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