Project: Redesign Your Farmers' Market

How can better design ensure that food grown by local farmers is delivered and distributed to urban residents? A contest sponsored by GOOD, The...


How can better design ensure that food grown by local farmers is delivered and distributed to urban residents?A contest sponsored by GOOD, The Architect's Newspaper, The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, CO Architects, and The Los Angeles Good Food Network.Demand for "good food"-defined as healthy, affordable, and fairly and sustainably produced-is rising. Whether it's from a rural family-run farm, community-supported agriculture group, or a backyard plot, locally grown food is increasingly viewed as a solution for many economic, environmental, and health concerns.Yet significant barriers exist in bringing that food to urban tables. Even if a steady supply of good food is available, it can't be delivered without better distribution networks that efficiently move it to multiple outlets and consumers.What we need is a massive shift in our food delivery systems that will provide a variety of opportunities for farmers to sell directly and effectively to urban residents, helping us redefine the path from farm to fork. It's time to rethink our local farmers' markets.UPDATE 9/3: The winners were announced this morning at the event 30 Years & Growing in Los Angeles. The judges picked 22 finalists that were exhibited at today's event. Out of those finalists, three runners-up and one winner were chosen:Third runner up, Hydroponic Farm(ers Market) by Michael Leung of San Francisco for its visionary and site-specific concept to harvest fog for a hydroponic farm in San Francisco.Second runner up, The Urban Field Farm Stop by BCV Architects in San Francisco, for using existing channels of mass transit and bus stops to distribute produce in LA.First runner up, The New City Center of Urban Farming by im Studio mi/LA, Los Angeles, for bringing the farm experience to the city in a permanent farmers market hub located in Hollywood.And the winner of the Redesign Your Farmers Market open ideas competition, for their Farm on Wheels concept that uses a fleet of electric trucks to disperse fresh produce more effectively in Los Angeles, Mia Lehrer, Astrid Diehl and Zhihang Luo, Mia Lehrer and Associates, Los Angeles.We'll be posting images and descriptions from all 22 finalists tomorrow. Thanks again to everyone who submitted, we were overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and passion in each entry.the OBJECTIVEWe want designers, architects, farmers, chefs, vendors, and farmers' market shoppers to think about how good design can improve upon the modern farmers' market experience.the ASSIGNMENTDesign a new venue, product, distribution method, or marketing mechanism that increases both financial returns to farmers and access to healthy foods for consumers of all scales-from the home cook to food service chefs. Innovations should help small family farmers bring good food to market and/or provide consumers access to good food.the REQUIREMENTSBy September 1, 2009, send us an email at projects[at]goodinc[dot]com with the following:-At least one image: sketches, drawings, three dimensional renderings, scaled technical drawings, photographs, altered photographs. Your images should be high resolution (they should print at 300 dpi at 8.5 x 11).-A brief narrative, up to 500 words, that explains how the design enables food production and/or delivery methods that support both the needs of small- to mid-sized family farmers and/or distribution to urban residents.-Your name, city, and local farm or farmers' markets.the PRIZESA jury of architects, urban planners, journalists, city leaders, chefs, and farmers will judge the entries. Jurors include Paula Daniels, Commissioner, Board of Public Works, City of Los Angeles; Vance Corum, Farmers' Markets America; Paul Zajfen, CO Architects; Tibby Rothman, The Architect's Newspaper; Market Wall, First Manager at Gardena Farmers' Market; Steve Tamai, Tamai Farms; Vanessa Zajfen, The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute; Moira Beery, Urban planner, Occidental College; and Alissa Walker will facilitate on behalf of GOOD. Winners will be announced by Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold on September 3, 2009 at the Los Angeles farmers market celebration Farmers' Markets: 30 Years & Growing.The winning entry will receive a cornucopia of farmers' market goodies including The Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook: Seasonal Foods, Simple Recipes, and Stories from the Market and Farm by Amelia Saltsman and The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, a one-year subscription to GOOD and a GOOD T-shirt, and more. The top three entries will be published in an upcoming issue of GOOD magazine and exhibited at the Occidental College campus, and the designers will be featured in a story in an upcoming issue of The Architect's Newspaper. The top 20 entries will be published on GOOD and exhibited at the Los Angeles farmers' market celebration, Farmers' Markets: 30 Years & Growing, on September 3, 2009.RESEARCH and INSPIRATIONYour design can be a permanent "hub"-a market design that will provide year-round direct marketing opportunities for farmers and create a vibrant public space with food at its core (this project recommended for architects who want to propose a large-scale, holistic design). Examples include-A public space customized for local farmers to sell produce year-round-A retail store for local farmers-A wholesale market for local farmers to sell to restaurants and supermarkets-A market within a mixed-use development with complementary businesses-A restaurant that heavily involves and features local farmers-A system for vending local produce within an existing retail storeOr your design can address one of the programs or products that service farmers markets: the collection, storage, and transport of regional foods; processing, food product development and marketing; or food and health related community services. Some ideas include vehicles, farm equipment, storage?-containers, distribution methods, tents/vending stalls, kitchens for processing produce, public eating areas?, campaigns?, school programs?, chef/restaurant programs.Some additional inspiration: Read about how design can help farmers' markets from our own Alissa Walker; The Science Barge is a floating sustainable farm in New York; The New City Market is a model for sustainable permanent markets; The Mercy Corps food carts in Jakarta make healthy snacks more attractive to kids; Foodzie is an online farmers market where small food producers and growers can sell their products; The Edible Schoolyard is a garden and kitchen classroom for urban public school students.SUBMISSIONSWe're seeing lots of delicious farmers' market redesigns in our inbox! If you haven't sent yours in, you've still got all weekend to come up with a great idea-deadline is Tuesday, September 1 at midnight PST. Also, check out the updates to the Los Angeles farmers' market celebration, Farmers' Markets: 30 Years & Growing where we're thrilled to announce that the winner of the contest will be announced by none other than the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic for the LA Weekly, Jonathan Gold.Here are three great entries we plucked from the bumper crop of submissions so far:

Ooooby StallPete Russell, James Samuel, Rich McCoy & Nolan|RossGrey Lynn, Auckland, New ZealandThe idea is a farmers market stall that represents local food gardeners. It is called the Ooooby Stall. Ooooby is an acronym for Out Of Our Own Back Yards. We are basing the concept on the idea that if we were able to somehow aggregate and coordinate the efforts and yields of lots of home food growers, then we could possibly source enough produce to fill up a market stall table every

Farmers' Market Movable SpacesAlan TossmanSanta Monica, CaliforniaSmall portable architectural buildings are moved by trucks to various farmers' market locations, and they can be permanent or temporary. The portable buildings provide an immediate and simple solution, and they are arranged around an open gathering space with canopies overhead.

Farmers FareChristian HelmsRockport, MaineWe at Farmers Fare want to bring a contemporary interpretation to traditions that have always enriched our lives. We will host Sunday suppers, pig roasts, pumpkin carvings and other fun events. We pledge to provide a welcoming atmosphere, and scrumptious local food and products of highest quality. We will provide rooms for lectures and informal meetings about food, cooking, and growing healthy crops.www.farmersfaremaine.comSend your farmers' market redesign ideas to projects[at]goodinc[dot]com by September 1.Title image by Michelle Park and Manny Garcia
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On April 20, 1889 at the Braunau am Inn, in Upper Austria Salzburger located at Vorstadt 15, Alois and Klara Hitler brought a son into the world. They named him Adolph.

Little did they know he would grow up to be one of the greatest forces of evil the world has ever known.

The Hitlers moved out of the Braunau am Inn when Adolph was three, but the three-story butter-colored building still stands. It has been the subject of controversy for seven decades.

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The building was a meeting place for Nazi loyalists in the 1930s and '40s. After World War II, the building has become an informal pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis and veterans to glorify the murderous dictator.

The building was a thorn in the side to local government and residents to say the least.

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For years it was owned by Gerlinde Pommer, a descendant of the original owners. The Austrian government made numerous attempts to purchase it from her, but to no avail. The building has served many purposes, a school, a library, and a makeshift museum.

In 1989, a stone from the building was inscribed with:

"For Peace, Freedom

and Democracy.

Never Again Fascism.

Millions of Dead Remind [us]."

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For three decades it was home to an organization that offered support and integration assistance for disabled people. But in 2011, the organization vacated the property because Pommer refused to bring it up to code.

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In 2017, the fight between the government and Pommer ended with it seizing the property. Authorities said it would get a "thorough architectural remodeling is necessary to permanently prevent the recognition and the symbolism of the building."

Now, the government intends to turn it into a police station which will surely deter any neo-Nazis from hanging around the building.

Austria has strict anti-Nazi laws that aim to prohibit any potential Nazi revival. The laws state that anyone who denies, belittles, condones or tries to justify the Nazi genocide or other Nazi crimes against humanity shall be punished with imprisonment for one year up to ten years.

In Austria the anti-Nazi laws are so strict one can go to prison for making the Nazi hand salute or saying "Heil Hitler."

"The future use of the house by the police should send an unmistakable signal that the role of this building as a memorial to the Nazis has been permanently revoked," Austria's IInterior Minister, Wolfgang Peschorn said in a statement.

The house is set to be redesigned following an international architectural competition.

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Tonight's Democratic debate is a must-watch for followers of the 2020 election. And it's a nice distraction from the impeachment inquiry currently enveloping all of the political oxygen in America right now.

For most people, the main draw will be newly anointed frontrunner Pete Buttigieg, who has surprisingly surged to first place in Iowa and suddenly competing in New Hampshire. Will the other Democrats attack him? How will Elizabeth Warren react now that she's no longer sitting alone atop the primary field? After all, part of Buttigieg's rise has been his criticisms of Warren and her refusal to get into budgetary specifics over how she'd pay for her healthcare plan.

The good news is that Joe Biden apparently counts time travel amongst his other resume-building experience.

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Chick-fil-A is the third-largest fast food chain in America, behind McDonald's and Starbucks, raking in over $10 billion a year.

But for years, the company has faced boycotts for supporting anti-LGBT charities, including the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home.

The Salvation Army faced criticism after a leader in the organization implied that gay people "deserve to die" and the company also came under fire after refusing to offer same-sex couples health insurance. But the organization swears it's evolving on such issues.

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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes explicitly announced it was anti gay marriage in a recent "Statement of Faith."

God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.

The Paul Anderson Youth Home teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is "rage against Jesus Christ and His values."

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In 2012, Chick-fil-A's CEO, Dan Cathy, made anti same-sex marriage comments on a radio broadcast:

I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, "We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage". I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.

But the chicken giant has now decided to change it's says its charitable donation strategy because it's bad for business...Not because being homophobic is wrong.

The company recently lost several bids to provide concessions in U.S. airports. A pop-up shop in England was told it would not be renewed after eight days following LGBTQ protests.

Chick-fil-A also has plans to expand to Boston, Massachusetts where its mayor, Thomas Menino, pledged to ban the restaurant from the city.

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"There's no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are," Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. "There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message."

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Instead, the Chick-fil-A Foundation plans to give $9 million to organizations that support education and fight homelessness. Which is commendable regardless of the company's troubled past.

"If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families," Drew Anderson, GLAAD's director of campaigns and rapid response, said in a statement.

Chick-fil-A's decision to back down from contributing to anti-LGBT charities shows the power that people have to fight back against companies by hitting them where it really hurts — the pocket book.

The question remains: If you previously avoided Chick-fil-A because it supported anti-LGBT organizations, is it now OK to eat there? Especially when Popeye's chicken sandwich is so good people will kill for it?

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) dropped a bombshell on Tuesday, announcing it had over 900 emails that White House aide Stephen Miller sent to former Breitbart writer and editor Katie McHugh.

According to the SPLC, in the emails, Miller aggressively "promoted white nationalist literature, pushed racist immigration stories and obsessed over the loss of Confederate symbols after Dylann Roof's murderous rampage."

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