Foodprints: Edible Environment Built With Sustainable Principles


Anna Miller of CPAR with the OCAD Frogpond designers; Photo by Lloyd Alter

The Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) is the funky school in the Will Alsop table building; Frogpond is their interdisciplinary forum concerned with "design for humanity." The Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) works with vulnerable communities and diverse organizations to overcome poverty and build healthy communities. They got together to design Foodprints, an exhibit at the big Canada Blooms gardening show, more modest than most of the blow-out booths, but with a more serious message.

It is all edible, an attempt to practice what CPAR preaches when they teach in Uganda or Malawi; the plants are "intercropped" to preserve soil nutrients, prevent erosion and conserve water. Veggies include cabbage, peppers, tomatoes and chard.

The booth is built from lumber scraps from a renovation site, recycled cardboard tubes and salvaged cardboard.

CPAR and OCAD team up to design Garden from Lloyd Alter on Vimeo.

Anna Miller of CPAR explains the project.

"This was really a dream collaboration in a lot of ways" notes Anna Miller, CPAR's Director of Programs. "Not only did the Frogpond students and faculty approach this challenge with a trained eye to sustainable design, but they truly ran with the real life stories and approaches used in communities we work with in East and Southern Africa in such a sensitive and thought-provoking way."

Untitled from Lloyd Alter on Vimeo.

The OCAD Frogpong gang explains how it was designed and built. It is all mobile and they will be taking it on the road. More at Putting Farmers First

Design of mobile Foodprints exhibit

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