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Swale_Floating Food Forest

A short description of the NBS project

In the last years, in New York, a group of designers and artists proposed to transform a shipping barge into a verdant floating farm, creating “sculptural ecosystems in urban spaces”. Initiated by the artist Mary Mattingly and realized in 2016 after a kick-starter campaign, Swale is one of these projects, floating gardens filled with edible plants like berry bushes, apple trees and lime trees as well as different kinds of vegetables. The list includes nearly 100 plant species. The idea behind the concept is to offer fresh, free food as a public service. Swale is completely powered by solar panels and it recycles its own water thanks to a system of pumps and sand filters. It also collects rainwater, and it can desalinate and purify the brackish river water if need be. Mattingly’s idea is to make this edible forest open to the public and to dock it at different places in New York like Brooklyn Bridge Park, Governors Island, etc. The floating farm is the first of the three phased SWALE project. The two other parts entail the creation of permanent “food forests” on public land in New York City and taking actions to affect policy change.

NBS Implementation context
Location USA, New York (USA)
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Status Project delivered (2016)
Dates
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale • Object • Neighbourhood • City
Urban density/ Soil consumption High (dense city center)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
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NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Waste
Recycling
Other 0
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Health
Other 0
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 0
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0
Other
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Market • Private sector
Contracting Authority
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Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
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Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster3_private_private_partnershipsSustainable_Local_Enterprise_NetworksThe group of artists hosted a kick-starter campaign to help fund the project. On 2 May 2017, 79 backers have contributed a total of $6.100 (€5.000). The fundraising goal is $32.000 (€25.800). The project is also being partly funded through contributions from A Blade of Grass, an advocacy group that supports art that facilitates social change, and the Rolin Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that funds art, education and cultural heritage programs.
Financing
Global Estimated cost of the project 20k€ - 50k€ (€25.800)
Cluster cluster3_citizen_inclusion
FM • Cooperatives
Description of the financing mechanism The group of artists hosted a kick-starter campaign to help fund the project. On 2 May 2017, 79 backers have contributed a total of $6.100 (€5.000). The fundraising goal is $32.000 (€25.800). The project is also being partly funded through contributions from A Blade of Grass, an advocacy group that supports art that facilitates social change, and the Rolin Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that funds art, education and cultural heritage programs.
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Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversGeneration of evidence Collaboration • Lesson learnt through implemented projects • Research on benefits; • Networks -
Governance_driversProcess efficiencies Self- governance • Collaboration; • Grassroots innovations and transition initiatives
Economy_driversSelf-financing and self-management
Process Inhibitors
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Governance_driversInstitutional barriers Complexity of governance structure • Bureaucracy and unsupportive legal frameworks; • Apathy
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