This project is by Michael Arad, Earth School parent as well as designer of the World Trade Center Memorial,
"Reflecting Absence" which saw its millionth visitor within months of its opening. Arad also chaired the jury of the
prestigious New York City AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition last year.
Michael Arad and Kids Farming in the City (2010)
Eighty green beds later, our utopian-eyed finalist from 2010 is getting ready to open its rooftop farm this September.
Kids Farming in the City (a.k.a. The Fifth Street Farm), is an edible garden perched across the roofs of three East
Village schools, P.S. 64, the Tompkins Square Middle School and the Earth School. The raised deck will be
programmed into the curricula of the pre-kindergarden to eighth grade students who will utilize it. Providing both food
for stomach and thought, the farm will be used for growing produce for the schools' cafeteria and classroom cooking,
for a sensory garden, as well as for theme-based gardens such as Native American agriculture, nutrition and
Agency Architecture and Super Levee (2010)
Following their award of the ONE Prize in 2011, partners Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller of AGENCY showcased
their winning project, Super Levee Urban Farm, in the publication My Green City | Back to Nature with Attitude and Style
(Gestalten, 2011) and at Barcelona's eme3 International Architecture Festival and in Made Up: Design's Fictions at the
Art Center College of Design in California. In 2011, the duo were selected as one of ARCHITECT Magazine's
Emerging Talents and also were awarded the 2010-2011 Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in
At the heart of Super Levee Urban Farm is a global system of levees which amounts to a sequence of ecologies that
feed into each other. Clippings, compost, and surplus crops from farming levels are used as nutrients and food for
fish farms, marshes and restorative dune ecologies. Waste from marine life and nutrients from algal habitats are then
used to fertilize farm levels, making the levee a complete ecology.
Gotham Greens (2010)
You can now walk into Whole Foods and bare the fruit (or, more accurately, vegetables) of Viraj Puri's ONE Prize
proposal. All the way from on top of an abandoned bowling alley in Brooklyn, the solar-powered greenhouse known as
Gotham Greens is producing various brands of green vegetables using hydroponics. The computer-controlled system
brings a new efficiency to farming through the use of mineral nutrient solutions. The technique eliminates the need for
soil, recycles water and eradicates agricultural runoff and chemical pesticides, thereby enabling optimal flavor and
Since its first harvest last year, Gotham Greens has successfully made it to the tables of Gramercy Tavern and can
also be found on the shelves of Brooklyn Standard, Whole Foods Market, Fresh Direct, D'Agostino's and Union Market,
amongst other locations.
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Made in Lower East Side (miLES) (2012)
miLES has been listening to the commmunity and positiong them selves to better suit the needs of different
steakholders within the Lower East Side. They are happy to announce they are launching their new website and have
partnered with Fourth Arts Block to open the first miLES storefront at FABWORKS starting April 1, 2013 for a three
month period. FABWORKS is located at 75 E 4th Street between Bowery and 2nd Ave.
ONE PRIZE is an Annual Design and Science Award to Promote Green Design in Cities.
Kenya Endo and Dynamic Capacities (2013)
The project "Dynamic Capacities", winner of the ONE Prize in 2013, was all about addressing the potential of applying
"Soft Infrastructure" for the purpose of "Water Management" in an "Urban Context".
The challenges to realize the proposal soon became obvious to Kenya Endo. Shifting the mindset from solid to soft
infrastructure requires long-term public awareness, creating areas with frequent fluctuation asks for collaborative
work among diverse disciplines and crosses a number of jurisdictions to study the feasibility.
This is why Kenya Endo finds himself comfortable staying in Singapore, working on with hands-on projects that quite
relate to the picture he imagined in the proposal. His office, Atelier Dreiseitl, is specialized in combining landscape
design with water management schemes, for example, implementing vegetated swales and retention basins to
mitigate flood risks, as well as natural filtering system to improve water quality. With the close tie of elaborate design
and governmental backbone, a number of waterfront openspaces in Singapore has been renovated to attract both
urban dwellers and wildlife, at the same time, to serve as infrastructure in case of heavy storm event.
Example of soft-infrastructure using live stakes, coconut mesh and boulders to create surface-flow swale. During
mock-up and after completion (October 2011, December 2013). @JTC CleanTech Park in Singapore, designed by
Atelier Dreiseitl asia.