One Prize : Competition for Creating Productive Green Space in Cities


The competition drew 202 teams and 850 team members from more than 20 countries and five continents.

AGENCY architecture LLC, USA
Ersela Kripa, Stephen Mueller

Thread Collective and TheGreenest.Net, USA
Gita Nandan, Elliott Maltby, Mark Mancuso and Derek Denckla

Nilsson Thuring Architects (NTA), Sweden
Magnus Nilsson, Henrik Thuring

Handel Architects with Rachel Kangas and Abbe Futterman, USA
Michael Arad, Rachel Kangas, Abbe Futterman, Cristobal Canas

University of Toronto, Canada
Drew Adams, Fadi Masoud, Karen May, Denise C. Pinto, Jameson Skaife

Reclaiming, USA
Erik Hancock

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We are launching this competition in the context of larger issues concerning the environment, global food production and the imperative to generate a sense of community in our urban and suburban neighborhoods. From Mowing to Growing is not meant to transform each lawn into a garden, but to open us up to the possibilities of self-sustenance, organic growth, and perpetual change. In particular, we seek specific technical, urbanistic, and architectural strategies not simply for the food production required to feed the cities and suburbs, but the possibilities of diet, agriculture, and retrofitted facilities that could achieve that level within the constraints of the local climate.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Landscape, Urban
Country United States
RegDeadline 31 March 2010 GoogleCal iCal
30 April 2010 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Professionals and students of all fields

• How can we break the American love affair with the suburban lawn?
• Can green houses be incorporated in skyscrapers?
• What are the urban design strategies for food production in cities?
• Can food grow on rooftops, parking lots, building facades?
• What is required to remove foreclosure signs on lawns and convert them to gardens?

Carol Coletta
Margaret Crawford, Ph.D.
Dickson Despommier, Ph.D.
Bruce Lindsey
DJ Spooky, AKA Paul D. Miller
William J. Mitchell
Shaun Osher
Margie Ruddick
Ben Schwegler, Ph.D.
Cameron Sinclair + Kate Stohr

Winner: $10,000
Five finalists: year-long exposure on the competition website

Entry Fee
$150 per professional team (including college students)

Single PDF file no larger than 10MB

Finalists announced: May 31, 2010
Award Ceremony and Web Symposium; Exhibition launched: June, 2010

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