Above the Pavement - the Farm! : Architecture & Agriculture by Amale Andraos, Dan Wood, Winy Maas, Fritz Haeg

By Amale Andraos, Dan Wood, Winy Maas, Fritz Haeg

Forty years after French protestors took to the streets with the rallying cry Sous les pavs, l. a. plage! (Beneath the pavement, the beach!), a brand new kind of radical expression took form at MoMA's P.S.1 courtyard in Queens, big apple. Above the Pavement--the Farm! unearths the groundbreaking efforts of structure enterprise WORKac and their group of greater than one hundred fifty collaborators--farmers, politicians, horticulturists, technicians, soil scientists, engineers, structure scholars, and artists--to create a operating city farm, hoisted 30 ft excessive, utilizing business cardboard tubes jam-packed with greater than 50 types of in the community grown vegatables and fruits. referred to as Public Farm 1 (P.F.1), this new breed of sustainable infrastructure, able to producing its personal energy, recycling rainwater, cultivating plants, and inspiring rest, proven that even the main impossibly utopian visions of eco-friendly urban residing are inside of our reach.

Above the Pavement--the Farm! offers a tasty diversity of rules and matters located on the intersection of structure, urbanism, and foodstuff. that includes a full of life mlange of voices depicting the making of P.F.1--with contributions through artist and agricultural activist Fritz Haeg, architectural historian Meredith TenHoor, architect Winy Maas, and head chef Michael Anthony of recent York City's Gramercy Tavern--this e-book introduces a brand new period of ecological considering and concrete sustenance.

Amale Andraos and Dan wooden are the founders of latest York City-based paintings structure Company. 

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It was simple math: there was no way we were going to get it done. No way. value engineering Sam Dufaux: At some point we realized that we had planned for something that was going to be too big, and we had to scale it down. I was personally really scared that it would lose its substance, because to have these two tilted planes, they had to be big enough to look like planted fields. If we went too small, it would just look like a few rows of tubes. I really was very concerned that by losing the size, we would lose a big part of the idea.

I think GaiaSoil had been tested on some rooftops in New York, but I don’t know for sure if it had grown 65 bolts vegetables before in the amount that we put it to. He came into the office carrying a strawberry plant in his soil to convince us that this would work, that it would actually grow. Some of the other horticulturalists that we were working with were really hesitant about this soil, but it proved out to be a fantastic test for the invention. Paul Mankiewicz: You know, we’ve tried lettuce, tomatoes, grape vines—it’s been a success for everything.

Fortunately with this program, we were able to go to particular pieces of the structure and look at specific information for each node. We could draw a “force cut” through the joint, and the program would say, for example, there’s this much shearing between the two joints or this much tearing in the paper. From there we were able to get all of the forces and determine the reinforcements, bolt sizes, and locations. Sarah Carlisle: We had to buy a really large quantity of bolts, so I was speaking with different bolt companies to see what kind of deals they could give us and calculating costs and shipping.

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