This is an image of the celebrated Not a Cornfield art and land project in Los Angeles:
Yesterday, the price of wheat skyrocketed as Kazakhstan, one of the world's largest exporters of grain, said it would impose export tariffs to curb sales of wheat. The reason: to contain domestic inflation of nearly 20%.
Dear city mayors, planners and architects,
How about reviewing those renewal strategies based on physical, social and cultural build and write a Five Year Crop Plan?
Be inspired by the spatial planning of Not a Cornfield:
Or the first vision of architects Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn for the town of Middlesbrough as a productive urban landscape, in a project enabled by Dott07/Designs of the Time, One North East and The Design Council, England:
Viljoen and Bohn's plan connected tissues of land that might be cultivated, from existing parkland, open green spaces and allotment sites across town to places that local people chose to grow food as part of the initiative and would like to see urban agriculture happening in the future (red dots above/green dots below):
Not a Cornfield is described as a sculpture. Viljoen's plan for Middlesbrough: an edible town.
But you've got to admit that the vision of an urban design for cities as an unfenced Glastonbury Festival or embargoed Havana is compelling - even if Fidel Castro has stepped down and you don't like hippies.
Urban farming images courtesy of Dott07 Urban Farming. The project was enabled by Dott07/Designs of the Time Ltd., One North East and The Design Council. All rights reserved. Urban Farming Project Site map, copyright of Middlesbrough Council.