University of Oregon Graduate Wins 2011 Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship

via Bustler  another vertical farm proposal – I ma never sure here in Africa why these are so facinating – with millions of square kilometers of arable land in Africa, it is not this kind of technology but a basic infrastructure such as water and improved transport systems that are required to turn Africa into the worlds food basket culture of valuing the land and people who tend it . Still I find these designs are ‘pretty….’

Daniel Toole, an architect at Perkins + Will in Seattle and a 2008 University of Oregon architecture graduate, has won the 5th Annual Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship award for his design, “Whittier Organic Food Center Towers,” a system that “flips” greenhouses vertically to incorporate on-site energy generation from wind and solar exposure, gravity-fed hydroponics, housing for students and farm laborers, and space for farmers’ markets.

On the 12-week, $10,000 fellowship, Toole will travel to 10 countries in Southern Europe and Scandinavia this summer to catalog climate-responsive models of urbanism, landscape and infrastructure in northern and southern Europe.

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The Whittier Sustainable Food Center seeks to achieve a porous, dense, vertical form of biologically responsive architecture. Image: Daniel Toole

The Whittier Sustainable Food Center seeks to achieve a porous, dense, vertical form of biologically responsive architecture. Image: Daniel Toole

The jury praised Toole’s project as “a comprehensive solution with attention to keeping a small footprint.” Sustainable construction technologies, passive environmental control systems, recycled/renewable materials and finishes were critical criteria. Continue reading