Productive placemaking is growing food, fiber, fuel, feed, and “farmaceuticals”, in underutilized public and civic spaces. These can be foodscapes (sites) and foodways (corridors of sites/community operated spaces).

community design

productive placemaking

foodway

community-operated space

patch level

site level

projects

Booker T. Washington High

Booker T. Washington High School is located in Overtown, a challenged neighborhood in  Miami, Fl. Booker T. was opened in the 1920’s as an all black high school. The food forest design included various patches representative of different regions of the world: Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean, Tropical Americas, and South Florida. The space included several outdoor classrooms. The project was a collaboration with Florida International University’s Education Effect and The Center for Social Change.

Bronx River Foodway

[2016]

The Foodway is a planned corridor of foodscapes and community-operated spaces. The Foodway is designed as a public engagement platform built on top of the Bronx River Greenway. The Bronx River Foodway conceptual design is an ongoing collaboration with NYC Parks, The Bronx River Alliance, and local community groups. The first detailed design for Concrete Plant Park emerged from a public process that involved hundreds of community members and dozens of community groups.

Coconut Grove Fooway

[2017]

The Coconut Grove Foodway is a conceptual design for a large-scale intervention to integrate foodscapes into various underutilized public and civic spaces in Coconut Grove, a historic neighborhood in Miami, FL. This is an ongoing collaboration with the City of Miami.

Concrete Plant Park

[2017]

Concrete Plant Park is located in The Bronx, NY. It is one of the first of many planned foodscapes within the larger Bronx River Foodway. It was a product of a facilitated community design process and consists of an acre+ food forest open to the public for foraging and learning. The Foodway is an ongoing collaboration with NYC Parks, The Bronx River Alliance, and many local community groups.

Msalato Community Farm

[2021-2020]

The Msalato Community Farm was designed as a first step towards creating the emergent Dodoma foodway, a vision to create a productive and regenerative landscape across the growing city of Dodoma. The design is based on regenerative agriculture principles, considers how to restore the ecology of the site, and recreate balanced and productive systems. This together with, several phases compromising of various elements and components, have enabled the design and implementation thereof, to be flexible and adaptive. Through the INTERACT-Bio demonstration project funding, certain components and elements from Phase 1 of the design were implemented.

Food Playscape

[2018]

The first ever Food Playscape is located in the West Grove, a challenged neighborhood in Miami, Fl. This project is funded by Kaboom! and is being developed in partnership with Greater St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal church. The design incorporates several natural play areas embedded within a bite-sized food forest of berries and cherries. The space also accommodates and orchard and annual garden for the church community.

Jose de Diego Middle

[2016]

Jose de Diego Middle School is located in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, FL. The design included an educational food forest and two market gardens.

Sanctuary at Cutler Bay

[2016]

Sanctuary at Cutler Bay is a 10-unit single-family housing development located in Cutler Bay, FL. The conceptual design includes an entirely edible/useful landscape accompany the ecologically-sound design of these energy-efficient homes.

Sanctuary at Cutler Bay

[2018]

Sanctuary at Cutler Bay is a 10-unit single-family housing development located in Cutler Bay, FL. The design includes an entirely edible/useful landscape and rain water harvesting to accompany the ecologically-sound design of these energy-efficient homes.

Village Green Elementary

[2018]

Village Green is an ecology-based elementary school in Port St. Lucie, Fl. The design/build included a bite-sized food forest with patches representative of different regions of the world. It incorporated an outdoor classroom space, several discovery stations, and other learning spaces.

Vizcaya Village

[2016]

Vizcaya Village is the newest redevelopment within Vizcaya Museum & Gardens located in Miami, Fl. The Village will be a public space celebrating urban agriculture and telling the story of Vizcaya’s early days when they subsisted from food grown on site and locally. Foodscape Designs collaborated with M. C. Harry to develop the agricultural portion of the master plan.