Azure Magazine: Designs For Food

The design magazine Azure's May issue is almost all about food, and the subject never looked so good. The issue focuses on the changes in the food system, and how it affects design:

"There's a profound shift taking place in the realm of what we eat, how we eat it, and the social and political climate around food.....The following pages consider many ways to rethink cooking, eating and growing - and food's relationship to landscape architecture, graphic design, product development, interiors and more."

Designs for food include a few items seen in TreeHugger, including the Ekokook kitchen and the MIT Food printer.
Green All Over


Mr. Sparrow

This certainly looks like a high-maintenance way of doing a living wall, on Joost Bakker's Greenhouse Restaurant in Perth, Australia. Tim McKeough writes:

When Joost Bakker dreamt up his Green­house restaurant in Perth, Australia, he considered sustainability from every angle - not just the locally produced food on the table, but also the re­cyclability of the entire building, in case it should ever close. "I wanted to prove you could build a strong building that was totally re­cycl­able," says the designer, who comes from a family of flower growers, and who started out as an avant-garde florist himself. "I didn't realize it was actually really hard," he says, pointing out that many conventional building materials are impossible to recycle because they contain mixed components or have toxic residues.

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The Zero-Mile Diet


Andrew Braithwaite writes about the Oogst 100 Community by Frank Tjepkema (we called it just about the coolest vertical farm yet)

Solar panels and a windmill deliver power; plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen; a greenhouse grows vegetables; and chickens provide eggs and the occasional drumstick. But the real beauty of the structure is that it can touch down anywhere: atop a building or on a lake.


I wrote the cover article, The Urban Farm: A new model for food production suggests we'll be growing more of what we eat, right where most of us live: in the city.

Read an excerpt in Azure

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Azure Magazine: Designs For Food
"There's a profound shift taking place in the realm of what we eat, how