U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Urban Planning
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 03-03-2013, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong
1,329 posts, read 873,377 times
Reputation: 217

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lincolnian View Post
I went to a seminar the other day to hear Andres Duany talk about this very topic. He discussed the importance and opportunities associated with agrarian urbanism. He has a recent book, Theories and Practices of Agrarian Urbanism, that highlights steps communities can take toward this goal.

The seminar was fantastic, enlightening and timely.

Here's a link that provides a good summary of his book and his four models of agricultural-related urban planning:
How to grow a Garden City | Better! Cities & Towns Online
I am sure that I would have enjoyed being there.
What sort of people were in the audience?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-03-2013, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
3,478 posts, read 5,149,433 times
Reputation: 3548
I saw him at a small college in North Adams, Ma. It was mostly students and a few local residents. He presented via Skype and answered individual questions.

He is a great speaker and has a good sense of humor as well. His premise of agrarian urbanism is that it increases the social experience of the community and gives purpose to the young since they are involved in the experience. He discussed how recent changes in our society have left many young people not feeling connected to their community or needed by their families. This has resulted in young people who previously identified themselves by their contributions to turn to identifying themselves by their material possessions. I thought that was an interesting perspective and one that makes a lot of sense.

I look forward to reading his book and plan to see if I can order it through my local library.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2013, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Hong Kong
1,329 posts, read 873,377 times
Reputation: 217
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lincolnian View Post
I saw him at a small college in North Adams, Ma.
. . .
This has resulted in young people who previously identified themselves by their contributions to turn to identifying themselves by their material possessions. I thought that was an interesting perspective and one that makes a lot of sense.
Yep.
We have been encouraged to think of ourselves as "Consumers" (rather than Producers) - So why not identify ourselves by what we consume? (haha)

The way back from this abyss must be for everyone to take some hand in producing something, even if that means only growing a few plants.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-04-2013, 12:57 PM
 
2,145 posts, read 1,589,270 times
Reputation: 1057
I have been thinking of installing a growing room in my home. Not for food but to be able to fill my home with exotic and diverse plants. I would like to grow them all from seeds in a greenroom then bring them throughout the house once they are mature. The idea is to install a small room jutting out from the wall of my office of all glass. Kind of like a really deep bay window but glass, walls and ceiling.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-04-2013, 02:17 PM
 
5,694 posts, read 8,766,777 times
Reputation: 4923
I glassed in my front porch to make a sun room. The neat thing about this is I installed a duct, thermostat, and fan to blow hot air into the house on sunny days.

It's important to be able to close your room off from the rest of the house at night to keep it from being a heat sink.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-05-2013, 06:27 PM
 
Location: (Orginally From Ann Arbor, MI) Now reside in Evans, Georgia
555 posts, read 969,169 times
Reputation: 310
We can, ferment, dry, freeze dry any and all our food and yes I am one of those urban ( backyard) farmers. We feed scraps to the compost bin or the goats & chickens. Nothing..almost nothing goes to waste. we also don't use chemicals.

I also have a small orchard of 22 trees on less then an acre lot. My biggest pests have been my neighbors =P and squirrels
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-06-2013, 10:32 AM
 
5,694 posts, read 8,766,777 times
Reputation: 4923
I bought a box of BBs and asked my neighbor to keep the squirrels at bay.

No problems this last year, though. some neighborhoods cats have started regularly visiting my yard.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-09-2013, 12:26 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
14,800 posts, read 17,723,856 times
Reputation: 9029
Serenbe looks very cool, is there any other communities like Serenbe?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-10-2013, 11:54 PM
 
1,714 posts, read 3,138,918 times
Reputation: 1137
In the heart of Los Angeles, I grew up with plenty of Asian, Mexican, and Salvadorian families who would grow veggies and fruits in their front and back yards.

The more skilled families also raised chickens and ducks. Of course, some of their activities might have against codes... but we turned a blind eye since they were neighbors.

No police ever knocked on their doors and told them they couldn't plant zucchinis and bok-choys in their front yards.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-12-2013, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
3,718 posts, read 4,788,682 times
Reputation: 1454
Are there any urban farms in the Washington DC area?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Urban Planning
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top