Dec

22

Urban L.A.C.E. | Renda da Mata

For the last two years, I have been researching the possibility of new green infrastructure systems for rapidly developing Brazilian cities. In this project I explore how urban agriculture, specifically urban agroforestry based on the native fruit species of southern Brazil, can add a new landscape layer to the city of Porto Alegre, capital of […]

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Jun

12

Parckdesign 2014 Press Release

The last six months have seen the development of a new kind of urban heart in the heart of Brussels. Groundcondition and Eric Dil Cultural Projects have been active at the heart of these new developments as we have been participating on the curatorial team that has been developing the concept of a working and […]

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May

13

Landscapetable and Parckdesign featured on TV Brussels

Thursday May 8th marked the official opening of the new Thurn and Taxis park in central Brussels. A park of this scale has not been inaugurated in Brussels since the time of Leopold II. The minister of the environment, Évelyne Huytebroeck, gave an inaugural speech and toured the installations of Parckdesign 2014. A festive reception […]

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Nov

07

Urban Upcycling: MushroomTrees exhibition

Farming the City! The Mushroom Trees installation is an experiment in converting organic waste from the city back into food using some of nature’s most innovative workers: mushrooms. The three species of Oyster mushrooms we are experimenting with eat lignin and cellulose, the building blocks of wood– also found in paper, cardboard, and coffee grounds. […]

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Sep

06

LANDSCAPE FOR HUMANITY

www.landscapeforhumanity.wordpress.com Landscape architecture’s operating field stretches from the micro to macro, from garden to region, and touches all that emanates from the ground. This includes city infrastructure such as parks, plazas, and greenways, but ultimately landscape is about the quality of our soil, our water, and our air. Aren’t these things that concern all cities, […]

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Jun

26

Urban Vertical Mushroom Farms at ARCAM Food and Architecture Fair – 1st place Jury selection

Jacques Abelman | groundcondition in collaboration with Marijke Bruinsma | de Stuurlui stedenbouw MushroomWall aims to capture a part of the urban waste stream in the form of used coffee grounds and transform it into food— delicious oyster mushrooms. At the same time, the project aims to make the process of recuperation, transformation, and harvesting […]

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Dec

15

beating blue heart

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Nov

22

Ecologically Emergent Leisure Landscapes

  One of the remarkable characteristics of The Netherlands, especially from the foreigner’s point of view, is the amount of carefully protected open green space surrounding densely populated urban centers. The Dutch are extremely keen on verdant fields with placidly grazing cows and sheep always being within a bike ride away from the city, and […]

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Jun

14

Walk on the Wild Side

The essence of the “Wild Side” landscape vision is new farming methods that will transform the site into an official “High Nature Value” area. This designation describes certain types of agriculture that increase the biodiversity and ecological health of farmland. This plan has three layers. First, a network of hedgerows is re-established on existing parcel […]

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Apr

25

A Moveable Feast: urban agriculture comes to Amsterdam

The project brief was to design a temporary public garden in a building construction site ( a 160m x 60m 6m deep construction pit!) along the banks of the Ij river. I chose to create an urban farm for the production of fruits, vegetables, and high value crops in modular planters on a scaffold system […]

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