2015 Awards

Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication

Honor Award

Designing Urban Agriculture-A complete guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Management of Edible Landscapes
April Philips Design Works
Client: Wiley Books

Designing Urban Agriculture is a dialogue on the ways to invite food back into the city.
A diagram of the food system as one of the city’s urban systems networks.
Chapter 1: Food Cities: Ecology + Urban Agriculture‐Lafayette Greens is an edible urban park integrating food , culture and ecology as the platform for change.
Chapter 2: Planning Strategies for Urban Food System–Scent of Orange uses ecological principles and agriculture design fundamentals on a regional scale.
The Urban Ag Design Process Spheres is a cyclical model for a lifecycle approach.
Chapter 3: Vision, Synthesis, and Form– illa Augustus is an eco‐farm‐resort that connects the dots between ecology, health and tourism.
Chapter 4: Systems Integration and Connection– Medlock Ames Winery integrates edible landscapes into its farm to table programming and brand.
Chapter 5: Lifecycle Operation –Riverpark Farm operates as a farm and a marketplace in an underserved neighborhood of NY.
Chapter 6: Outreach and Community–The Atlanta Botanical Garden links their Edible Garden with culinary programs to attract visitors to have fun and learn.

The health of our cities and communities are at risk because the food system in America is broken. Designing Urban Agriculture is about the intersection of ecology, design and community. It is a dialogue on the ways to invite food back into the city and forge a path towards creating healthier communities and a healthier environment. The Designer becomes the Change Agent by expanding the collaborative conversation, the definition, and the design of urban agriculture as an integral part of the city’s green infrastructure systems. By looking at urban agriculture landscapes in this manner, the net effect will be to build a more health conscious society that values healthy living as a natural extension of the services a city must provide. This book provides a roadmap to anyone interested in the creation and advocacy of edible landscapes that promote beauty, ecological biodiversity and social sustainability in our urban realm.