Where I work I have a great view (if I turn around and strain a bit) of a lot of NoHo, East Village rooftops. From here I can see the buildings dotted with water towers. I love water towers.
One day when I was looking at the roofs while contemplating the Green Seeds project, I thought – whoa – wouldn’t those water towers look great swathed in green? It would be so cool to turn them into vertical farms. Heck Rachel Whiteread cast one in resin, why can’t I turn a few of them into community gardens?
I had developed a proposal when I was in SF called the Vertical Community Gardens, or VCG’s. The idea was to create a superstructure that could be hung in place of the advertisements on the buildings of walls (in SF they are low, at eye level) and maintained and used by the communty.
This is an offshoot of that, only it would be used by the people in the building. I was reading on the Vertical Farm site about their urban farm projects. Maybe they would help build a flexible ultra lightweight water tower superstructure to use as small starter projects. There are three right on the corner of Houston and Crosby that I would love to do. And hey I can see them from my office window!
On another note, if you haven’t already, go see the Mike Nelson Creative Time project, A Psychic Vacuum, in the old Essex Market building. It is really hard to explain, but the psychology of space, place and time is really played with here. Spoiler alert — the last space is quite extraordinary, particularly after having been through the maze of other spaces.
Images (from top to bottom) courtesy of: City Noise, Vertical Farm – Design by Chris Jacobs.