The Landing will be a new space in Omni neighborhood of downtown Miami, FL. This is an updated conceptual design for the Omni Life Village for a new site, responsive to a new partnership context. The design includes an urban farm, food coop, design center, retail nursery, retail spaces, event/workshop space (stage, bar, café).
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.
LIFE @ Opa-Locka is a design/build project underway in Opa-Locka, FL., another of Miami’s economically challenged areas. LIFE stands for Local Integrated Food Enterprise, a new model for regenerative economic development that is perfect for empty lots in the urban core. The eco-social aspects design went significantly beyond the site (urban farm, food market, cafe) and included all the operational aspects (business plan, production plan, menu, staffing, etc.) as well.
The Omni LIFE Village, in Omni neighborhood of downtown Miami, FL, was the original conceptual design (see The Landing) to activate an empty lot in this currently desolate area. The design includes an urban farm, food coop, design center, retail nursery, retail spaces, event/workshop space (stage, bar, café).
Overtown Community Farm is the latest of several design concepts for an empty lot in one of Miami’s most economically challenged neighborhoods. Here, Inhabit Earth will host an urban farm for the community. It will consist of a border of perennial staple crops, several annual production areas and an edible plant nursery to support it. The farm will be operated as an incubator for various local producers.
The Overtown Culture Garden is a conceptual design for an empty lot in Overtown, one of Miami’s most economically challenged neighborhoods. The design is primarily an event/workshop space infused with a demonstration foodscape throughout.
Overtown Foodworks is where the conceptual design of the Local Integrated Food Enterprise (LIFE) economic development model was formalized. It first emerged as part of the Farm at Verde Gardens. The model includes an ecosystem of local food enterprises: a farm, a market, a café, and a co-working space.
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.
Unvun (food forest in Hindi) is the name for a homestead and bed & breakfast project in Homestead, Fl. The native, bamboo-lined rock wall on the main road simultaneously hides and hints at the extraordinary, lush diversity of food systems inside this five acre paradise. Upon entering, guests are greeted by a complex of bungalows, paths and perennial patches organized around a natural pool and central covered space bordered by an aquaculture garden to the east and the working farm radiating to the west. The farms growing systems, oriented for optimal southern exposure and diversity of yield, organically cradle the private residence in its center and shield the remainder of the working farm.
This group design took place in North Florida, on site at at Big Small Farm during a Whole Farm Design course led by Jono Neiger. The design that emerged was for a large-scale farm incubator ecosystem with a dozen regenerative enterprises to be operated interdependantly.