FARMING INSIDE THE URBAN FABRIC
“The Huntington Urban Farm is to pave the way for fresh thinking in terms of how communities interact with each other and how a common, productive bond can be achieved through sustainable practices.”
New Zealand architect´s plan for The Farm responds to the need for the sustainable practice of growing and cultivating one’s own food source locally. The farm provides the neighbourhood with convenient access to individualized plots of land where users can produce their own food right in the middle of the town. While the happy residents of the neighbourhood cultivate apple trees and grow tomatoes, lettuce, berries, herbs and decorative flowers in all colours on heir own farming plots, the architect Tim Stephens sees this as becoming more prevalent urban practice needing architectural urban planning solutions. As our population increases an urbanizes, urban farming will need good planning solutions.
This farm is viewed as a model that can be integrated into existing communities on other sites in different Long Island townships. Within this particular design, the farm includes winding paths and changing levels to provide a “sense of adventure and discovery as one moves through the precinct.” Stephens sees the design as promoting social interaction, especially with its converging paths which can lead users to happen upon one another while walking through the garden.
”In providing these farming plots for the community to use, the precinct will become a hub for social activity and interaction, something sorely missing in many existing communities.