Studio for Urban Projects
Commissioned by ZER01 for the 2010 01SJ Biennial, and presented with the support of the James Irvine Foundation
Public Orchard (2010) will be made up of heritage fruit trees, a horticultural reference and seed library, a community kitchen, and hands on workshop space. There the collaborators who make up Studio for Urban Projects will host workshops, tours, screenings, and talks. Collectively, these events will explore models of urban edible landscapes, codes that encourage public foraging, and methods for harvesting and preserving food. Most broadly, the project will visualize the possibility of incorporating public orchards into the planning of our cities.
There has been a groundswell of interest in the local foods movement in the past several years. However, healthy, organic produce is still out of reach for many and food security remains a problem in the United States. Given this context, it is striking that in most American cities edible landscapes are not integrated into our urban environments. How can we make the planning of our cities more participatory, transparent, and reflective of the public need for affordable and healthful food? What models, current, imagined or historical would help us to understand future directions for our cities? Public Orchard is an architectural installation and series of events that explore these questions.
Commissioned by ZER01 for the 3rd 01SJ Biennial, and presented with the support of the James Irvine Foundation.