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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Nov

07

Landscape Democracy

Landscape democracy is an emergent aspect of our profession which bridges landscape architecture and human rights. This opens a forum for essential discussion, from the ramifications of the European Landscape Convention to the contestation of public spaces in rapidly urbanizing areas. In the context of the Cultivating the City: Infrastructures of abundance in urban Brazil, […]

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Sep

29

Cultivating the City Lecture at Cornell University and Amherst College

I will be presenting my current research-in-progress into connected urban foodscapes based on indigenous species in Brazil twice in October in the United States: Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture Kennedy Hall Room 461 Friday October 11th, Noon. and Amherst College Architectural Studies Program Wednesday October 16th, 4:30 pm Pruyne Auditorium in Fayerweather Hall. The […]

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May

20

www.groundcondition.tumblr.com

Cultivating the City. During the months of March and April I was in Brazil for intensive site visits in the state of Rio Grande do Sul for my landscape archtiecture thesis work Cultivating the City. I was based in the rural sociology department of URFGS – that is where the most relevant research is happening […]

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May

20

Travel grant awarded from Amsterdam Academy of Architecture

The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture awards grants or ‘Internationaliseringfonds’ for projects that build relationships internationally. Jacques has received this grant for organizing a study exchange with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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May

20

NH BOS landscape foundation grant

The NH BOS foundation aims to support garden and landscape architecture in the Netherlands. For my research into urban agriculture and ecology strategies in Brazil, I have been awarded a grant from the foundation. From the committee- “The board of Stichting NHBOS is impressed by your research proposal; it will contribute to the development of […]

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Nov

07

New York 2100 AD: Saved by the Bay

Brooklyn, August 10th, 2100: a summer story “Do you remember the summer of 2075, when the hurricanes hit? Do you remember how it was before the water got so high?” I asked my friend. We were sitting together on the stoop of our Brooklyn brownstone, it was a sweltering day, 105° F. “I remember how […]

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Nov

06

Saving New York: a radical plan for rising waters

Sorry to say that we told you so, but landscape architects, architects and urbanists have been thinking for a while about how to protect New York from the terrible devastation brought on by climate change. Hurricane Sandy was a taste of what we might face in the coming decades. Sandy has brought into terrible relief […]

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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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May

02

WILDPOINTS: urban biodiversity network

TEAM: Jacques Abelman, Celine Baumann (celinebaumann.tumblr.com), YukaYoshida STATUS: design research competition The Wildpoints strategy creates a new form of urban green by actively seeking out new places for nature to colonize the city. The biodiversity network of found and new Wildpoints allows insects, birds, and small animal species to establish themselves in micro-habitats across the […]

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