I am just back from Toronto, where I was invited by Joe Nasr and June Komisar to speak in a progamme of events associated with their wonderful exhibition there, Carrot City. The exhibition, (mounted, rather improbably, in the Design Exchange, part of the largest urban complex built by Mies van der Rohe) investigates many facets of urban agriculture, from visionary thinkers such as Dickson Despommier and his Vertical Farm Project, to visionary doers, such as City Farm Boy, who farms urban spaces in Toronto he doesn’t own in exchange for a share of the crop, from which he is apparently making a decent living. In addition, the exhibition features a selection of the latest urban agricuture product design, such as lightweight, self-watering roof planters and the Eglu, an urban chicken-coop designed a few years ago by some students at the London Royal College of Art. If anyone is heading Torontowards, I can heartily recommend dropping in on Carrot City – and it may be travelling to the UK soon, too.
For more info on the exhibition, see here: