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Posted By Sarah Rich On March 5, 2006 @ 5:18 pm In Botanical,Green Design Competitions,Green Products,Interactive Objects,Landscape Architecture,Urban design | 4 Comments
Farmadeliphication (fahr’muh’deli’fi’kay’shun), n. 1. The process of turning all of Philadelphia’s vacant and abandoned lots into urban farms: The ‘Farmadeliphication’ of once decrepit buildings into farm structures advances fresh ways of seeing old structures as well as allowing for an organic transformation of history that contributes to the present day fabric. 2. What might happen if the Front Studio  team’s entry to the Urban Voids  competition moves beyond the conceptual stage.
Farmadelphia  proposes a break down of the divisions between ecology and the built environment – a pretty standard mission  among urban revitalization  advocates these days. But Front’s vision doesn’t merely sprinkle a community garden here and there; they want to Farmadelphify the whole city.
Urban Voids: Grounds for a Change  emerged as an international call for design ideas from Philadelphia’s LandVisions  community meetings. The competition  invites proposals for a long-term strategy that envisions how vacancy in Philadephia can be changed from an obstacle (vacancy as absence) to an asset (vacancy as possibility)…Design proposals should address the issue of vacancy at a citywide scale, referencing Philadelphia’s waterways, soils, and geology, as well as the city’s physical adjacencies. Lots could include former industrial (“brownfield “) sites – so entries should acknowledge issues of toxicity and urban waste – as well as sites that have been treated transitionally through cleaning and greening.
The Front Studio  team is among five finalists. As a full-service architecture firm that always keeps at least one foot in the speculative and conceptual realm, they have both the technical credentials and the imaginitive wherewithal to pull this whole thing off. If they can do it in Philly, they con probably do it elsewhere, too – the only problem will be how to come up with other city-specific farm words…
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 mission: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_855.php
 urban revitalization: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_1096.php
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 brownfield: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_739.php
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