A Hoerr Schaudter Shout-Out
We’re thrilled to announce that our resident urban agriculture guru, Jameson Skaife, has won a 2012 National Urban Design Award from Architecture Canada in the Student Project category. The award program recognizes projects that have contributed to the quality of life in Canadian cities and their sustainability.
Jameson’s project, completed while a student (remember those days, Jameson?), looks at transforming Toronto’s power line corridors into productive spaces for urban agriculture. He completed the project in collaboration with fellow students Drew Adams, Fadi Masoud, Karen May, and Denise Pinto.
This is what the jury liked about Feed Toronto, Growing the Hydrofields:
“Considering the lost connection between food and urbanism, the students proposed a very elaborate and detailed plan including personal and community gardens, learning and community nodes (integrated with schools and institutions), storage and distribution centres, and larger scale organic farms, each of which address the lofty goals of sustainability and public health in inspired ways. The project proposes highly practical implementation strategies including setting up an enterprise, zoning changes and securing the land.
“Feed Toronto” strives to make the city a much more sustainable, just and healthy place and should be further developed to pursue public and institutional support. It is comforting to know that with such projects and goals the future of the city building professions (and urbanism) is well ensured.”