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Students plant winter crops at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, a downtown high school, left. Architect Robin Osier designed the installations, below, to be eyecatching as well as horticulturally correct.

Students plant winter crops at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, a downtown high school, left. Architect Robin Osier designed the installations, below, to be eyecatching as well as horticulturally correct.

ing's Food Chain Project stacks tomatoes, broccoli, and other edibles in six-foot-tall interconnected containers, scaling walls at four locations in L.A.'s Central VtKlllAL VtbUlLJ City East—the area affectionately known to locals as Skid Row.

C^i r t« i pi | *i The system is the brainchild of Rochester, New York's Green jfops as rilgn as ail JtljlepiiajQl S rLyG Living Technologies. Originally developed as a pitched-roof as-bi downturn L.A., urban farmers are climbing the walls. sembly to complement the company's expertise in greening flat roofs, the modular arrangement was adapted to vertical installa-IITHTHE AMBITIOUS GOAL ofending hunger within our gen- tions both indoors and out with a minimum of modification. In-eration, Los Angeles-based nonprofit Urban Farming seeks to stalled with an automated i rrigation system designed by Robin fill every unused metropolitan nook with edible crops. Its efforts Osier of Elmslie Osier Architect, the vertical vegetable gardens typically have focused on reinventing vacant lots as open- were clad in recycled stainless steel rather than the usual aluminum, access community gardens, but a new initiative takes citified agricul- The August 2008 inaugural plantings were well developed to ture to new heights. Making use of existing technology, Urban Farm- weather the summer heat, though future crops will enjoy a full life ^^^ cycle in situ.

The project's first sites—the Wein-

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Miguel Contreras Learning Complex— all promise to bring food directly to the folks who most need it. After training, local residents and students, all of whom are encouraged to sample—and share— the fruits of their labors, tend the crops.

This unfettered access is at the heart of Urban Farming's mission. Offering Fresh Food for the People without precondition is central to its ethos, and making use of the city's unlimited headroom expands on that notion. According to Program Director Joyce Lapinsky, "People can just walk up and harvest and eat the food. They're not required to work on the garden to benefit. You just take the food if you need it. There's nothing to steal."

Subscribers and members of the American Society of Landscape Architects will soon have the option of reading their magazine in a digital format. Zinio.com, a global online publishing and distribution company, will begin offering Landscape Architecture magazine on its site in April, in concert with National Landscape Architecture Month.

Digital issues of ¿»Mwill be searchable and search engine optimized, increasing the magazine's usefulness for research and archiving. Interactive and multimedia capabilities will also be embedded in the digital issues, allowing readers to link directly to related online information.

Digital subscriptions may be purchased for $44.25 per year and single issues may be purchased for $5.25 each. Members and subscribers with e-mail accounts on file with asla will receive the April issue in digital format for free. Current members and subscribers may choose to receive the magazine in digital format when it is time to renew their membership or subscription. In addition, Zinio will archive past issues of LAM going back to May 2006 and offer them for single-copy purchase.

The new digital LAM will be featured under both the Home and Garden and the Trade Magazines categories on the Zinio web site, increasing the visibility of the magazine—and the profession— to prospective readers.

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