The Huntington Urban Farm designed by New Zealand architect Tim Stephens, is a case study for an urban farming precinct to be located within existing communities, it aims to become a hub for social activity and interaction that are sorely missing in many existing communities.
The Huntington Urban Farm is to pave the way for fresh thinking in terms of how communities interact with each other and how a common, productive bond can be achieved through sustainable practices.
+ Project description courtesy Tim Stephens
The Huntington Urban Farm is a response to a number of pressing issues relevant not only to the context of the town of Huntington but also other towns of Long Island.
The two main issues that the project responds to are;
- The limited allowance for and the lack of support for the sustainable practice of growing and cultivating one’s own food source
- The inherent lack of usable pedestrian scale (non car orientated) street-scapes, places where social interaction can thrive and communities can grow in a healthy and constructive way.
The Huntington Urban Farm is a case study for an urban farming precinct to be located within existing communities. The precinct and its associated concepts are intended to be applied in a similar way to other sites in other long Island townships.
This specific case study locates the Urban Farm on existing car-park covered land in the centre of Huntington Township, in close proximity to the town’s public library, church and nursery. The Urban Farm’s primary objective is to promote and support the act of growing one’s own produce in a controlled, and convenient manner. The issue of growing sustainable food crops is only going to become more prevalent and what better way to promote the practice, than to provide farmable plots in the centre of townships, accessible to the entire community.
The Urban Farm provides farmable plots in a variety of configurations and sizes to suit individual users/small families to larger community user groups. In providing these farming plots for the community to use, the precinct will become a hub for social activity and interaction, something sorely missing in many existing communities.
The precinct is articulated formerly in such as way as to relate to the pedestrian, not the car-like existing conditions. Winding paths and changing levels play on the sense of adventure and discovery as one moves through the precinct. Converging paths and site lines stimulate opportunities for social interaction.
Being centrally located users are encouraged to walk to the precinct or use existing public transport, in the case of the Huntington Town site, an existing car-park has been retained for practical purposes such as the dropping off of gardening equipment and the transportation of grown produce. The Huntington Urban Farm is to pave the way for fresh thinking in terms of how communities interact with each other and how a common, productive bond can be achieved through sustainable practices.
+ Project credits / data
Design: Tim Stephens
Project: Huntington Urban Farm
Location: Huntington, NY, USA
+ All images and drawings courtesy of Tim Stephens