There’s a fabulous article today on BLDGBLOG, about roof-top farming in London. Being both an avid green-roof fan, and a former London resident myself (and remembering those miserable grey days) – I can’t think of anything more exciting that the possibility of transforming the grizzly bombed out concrete blocks of my old Hackney stomping grounds into lush, green, food-producing gardens.
London-based architecture firm Agents of Change (AOC), proposes that “vacancy in cities” is really “a starting point for a new urban form.” The AOC asks, how could London be adapted “to an agricultural logic, the logic of rotation, seasons, ground and growth?”
AOC has proposed a Hackney “New Garden City”, complete with an “Agricultural Action Zone (AAZ).” This would include “a self-sufficient ecology of grass roads, localised rainwater collection, organic solar films and biological compost systems… liberating the ground’s agricultural potential.”
AOC’s Croydon Roof Divercity project which radically rethinks the landscape of Croydon’s roofs (and sounds really, really fun): “Taking the flat roofs of Croydon as our testbed,” they write, “we propose a new roofscape for the city – beaches, ice rinks, golf courses, allotments, skateboard parks and pasture refresh Croydon’s tired concrete.” How about a shooting range?