Edible Rooftops

Nikau Café. Long-term installation

The Urban Research Lab: Edible Cities focuses on the complex relationship between food, cities, and urban design, with a particular emphasis on how urban design can contribute to the development of a more sustainable urban food system. The Lab aligns with the recent Wellington City Council ‘Towards 2040: Smart Capital’ strategy that sets out a vision for a more socially connected and innovative eco-city. Working with WCC and local communities we use the city as a living laboratory in which to test out more sustainable or resilient urban design strategies.

Installed in March 2012 this project models at the small scale, a rooftop garden system. The Civic square pop-up garden was relocated to the rooftop to provide the start of a garden that provides herbs and salad vegetables for the Café below.