Bridgette Meinhold

Elegant Urban Farm Designed for Long Island

by , 08/11/10
filed under: Gardening, Urban design

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Many city dwellers would love the opportunity to grown their own vegetables, but they often lack the space to do so. Seeking to provide a solution, New Zealand-based architect Tim Stephens has designed an urban farm that we think city folk could really dig their hands into. Spotted at ArchDaily, the Huntington Urban Farm is a model for urban gardening that provides individuals and families with container plots and creates a place for markets and community gatherings in the heart of the city.

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The urban farm is designed for the city of Huntington, NY on Long Island. It’s planned for a location smack in the middle of town, nearby the public library, church, nursery school and Main Street. This central location gives those who have a plot very convenient access. The establishment of a large central, active space such as a community garden would also create a hub of social activity and interaction centered around local food.

The farm itself is composed of a series of angled concrete planters of various sizes with varying elevations, steps and small courtyards. All of the planters are angled towards the south for optimum solar access, and trees planted in non-farmed provide some shade for parts of the farm. All of the plots are of varying size to accommodate different size families or individual needs, and even larger group plots are provided for community organizations.

+ Tim Stephens

Via ArchDaily

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3 Comments

  1. Build A Better Burb Win... October 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    [...] of the Build A Better Burb competition was to address several challenges facing the vast suburbs of Long Island. The competition sought to specifically address ways to build more affordable housing, reduce [...]

  2. xenosilvano August 12, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Stark lookin’

  3. selophane August 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Huntington is not a city, its a historic incorporated village within a larger suburban township, in suffolk county. It is an old fishing village which is close to one of the termini of the Long Island Rail Road. It is one of the larger villages, but is in no sense a true \\\\\\\”city\\\\\\\”.

    I think this project is poorly cited, while main street is a large commercial walkable street the neighborhood surrounding it which includes Woodbury Road is made up of single family houses with, while small for Suffolk county, decent size lots. I cannot see the need for a community garden in a village which has ample land for personal gardens and already has one of the larger \\\\\\\”urban\\\\\\\” parks on the island. Furthermore, the architecture of the project would stand in sharp contrast with the character of the town without any specific reason.

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