Biennale Bulletin: Edible Estates by Fritz Haeg

Photo of Edible Estates #8: Lenape Edible Estate Manhattan via Fritz Haeg

This post is part of a series dedicated to the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. In addition to on-the-ground reports, we’re featuring firms and projects showcased in the U.S. pavilion’s exhibition, Spontaneous Interventions.

Los Angeles-based artist Fritz Haeg is on a mission to replace unused domestic lawns with planted gardens, allowing families to grow their own food. The “Edible Estates” initiative began in 2005 with the planting of a garden in Salinas, Kansas, the geographic center of the United States. By replacing unoccupied front lawns with low-cost gardens, Edible Estates “invites us to reconsider our relationships with our neighbors, the sources of our food, and our connections to the natural environment immediately outside our front doors.” Read more.

Photo of Edible Estates #10: Rooftop Homestead Edible Estate Rome via Fritz Haeg

Photo of Edible Estates #10: Rooftop Homestead Edible Estate Rome after 5 months via Fritz Haeg

Since the creation of the initial site, Edible Estates has planted prototype gardens in cities across the United States and Europe. Always planted in the spring or early summer, the first season of growth is documented through a public exhibition, a series of videos and weekly garden portraits, and workshops on growing food, as well as printed brochures, calendars, and other gardening resources.

The “Spontaneous Interventions” exhibition includes a video installation by filmmaker Kelly Loudenberg, who asked exhibition participants to discuss their aspirations and concerns for the American city while pretending they were running for office or advising elected officials. Here, Fritz Haeg encourages people to get involved…

Fritz Haeg from Architizer on Vimeo.

Video credits: Kelly Loudenberg, producer/editor; Louie Metzner, assistant editor;  Alexandra Tell and Andreas Jonathan (production assistants)