Edible Planter Box Competition
Bringing Dual Purpose Gardens to Marginalized Communities.
In a city suffering from both food deserts and urban flooding, The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans in partnership with Anova and Green Theory want to support urban resilience using innovative design. Our idea is simple, encourage design and innovation in a city desperate for solutions, by creating a fun and easy to install planter box that can house fresh produce.
Planter Ludo is a self-watering planter, focused to meet the height and accessibility of the most vulnerable: children, the elderly, and the disabled. Using the same trapezoid shape, planter Ludo encourages the essence of play and allows for a system that is simple, modular, and flexible. The goal and the ambition was to make a planter that can create more interesting and fun spaces; a planter that can grab a child's attention while simultaneously informing and explain its own operational components - an intersection of education and play.
Lesley Conroy, Washington D. C.
Conroy Landscape Architecture
Food insecurity and flooding are issues that will only be solved if the opportunities to address them are widely implemented. This planter system is revolutionary because it can be executed successfully, distributed easily, is accessible to many users, and brings joy. The design limits barriers to implementation, with dimensions that could be shipped more easily, maneuvered without equipment, and accessed from all sides. Lower production costs and quick set-up make these more likely to be used and will more quickly address these two issues.
Silver Spring Maryland
Like a good gumbo, this planter feeds your body and soul. As intense weather patterns and food insecurity batter our cities, Gumbo Box rises to meet new climate challenges by increasing accessibility to home-grown food, encouraging community connections, and reducing runoff by capturing rainwater. During heavy rain events water is stored in a double reservoir system preventing flooding in the planting bed. Long periods of drought are combated with capillary watering tubes. This sub-irrigation minimizes wasted water evaporating from the surface.