Living Concrete/Carrot City is an exhibition of creative and research projects that demonstrate the possibilities of urban agriculture. The exhibition links sociologist Thomas Lyson’s coinage “civic agriculture” to Joseph Beuys’s influential formulation of social transformation and individual creativity, “social sculpture.” It argues that everyday practices of food production and distribution in cities, the actions of ordinary people in local neighborhoods, register as quiet but persistent challenges to the agro-industrial complex.
Living Concrete is a cross-institutional dialogue with Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture, an initiative of the Department of Architectural Sciences at Ryerson University in Toronto curated by Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar and Joe Nasr. Carrot City demonstrates how increasing public interest in agriculture, food supply, and food security is influencing urban design and how design can facilitate a more robust urban food system. This wide-ranging survey of Canadian and American cases examines projects at multiple scales – the city, community and knowledge-building, home and rooftop projects, and a range of products.