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DESCRIPTIONThese are examples of actual low-cost projects which integrated edible plants in their housing communities.
Edible LandscapesPlanting on Low-Cost Urban Housing Communities
For the requirements of a graduate thesis, one student, Ms. Julieta Santos was motivated to conduct a project through applied, participatory approach in developing a micro-urban agriculture to a socialized housing, a Gawad Kalinga Project in Brgy. Kapit-Bisig, Central Avenue, Tandang Sora. In presenting her knowledge and skill in landscape architecture to improve the community (about half a hectare of lot) by using edible plants as landscape design elements, Ms. Santos was able to encourage participation of the residents to plant and improve their place. As a form of evaluation to note the changes and improvements, the users were surveyed before the commencement, during and after the project was implemented.
GK Project in QC2
Urban Agriculture in QC
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Economic Parameters Survey of what is affordable cost for the residents of low cost housing Survey of affordable materials Behavioral Analysis Survey of gardening & maintenance procedures normally done by residents Garden Types Survey of common plant species grown in low cost housing
allow growth of native plant species or natural vegetation Allow growth of edible plants as food for residents Aesthetically pleasing flexible to create dynamic planting designs Easy to maintain
Criteria in Choosing Materials
use of recycled materials, y sustainable & environmentfriendly y Locally produced or abundant y affordable to local residents y easily installed y will last for the intended period of usey
Criteria in Choosing Materials
A student organization based within the UPCA called the University of the Philippines Circle of Landscape Architecture Students (UPCLAS) embarked on an extension project to incorporate landscape design elements in a socialized housing community in the Philippines. A community in Pasay City, which also receives support from various agencies such as the Saint Hannibal Empowerment Center (SHEC), Technical Assistance Organization or TAO-Pilipinas and Habitat for Humanity, became the recipient of the landscape design efforts of these LA students starting the 2nd semester of 2006-2007. Not as a class requirement to fulfill, but through the efforts and motivation of the LA students in that organization, they were able to implement their design skill and knowledge to improve a community.
A Housing Community in Pasay City
Housing Community in Pasay City
Plastic Bottles y recycled container for plants and substrate y Hanged steadily on walls y small plants or edible herbs may be planted here y abundant supplyy
Rubber Pots y recycled container for plants and substrate y Hanged steadily on walls, railings y small plants or edible herbs may be planted here y abundant supplyy
Chicken Wire / Alambre y criss-crossed to allow vines like ampalaya or upo to climb on themy
Bamboo Poles y bamboo poles are converted into long vegetated modules y planted with lettuce, mustard greens, kamote or other herbsy
Coco shells y container for plants and substrate y Hanged steadily on wire mesh or coconets y small plants or edible herbs may be planted here y abundant supplyy
Edible Plant Palette
Osimum basilicum (basil)
Origanum vulgare (oregano)
Brassica integrifolia (mustasa)
Pandanus amaryllifolius (pandan)
Andropogon citratus (lemon grass)
Brassica rapa (petsay)
References: Books Undan, Rodolfo C. Urban Agriculture: A Step-By-Step Guide to Successful Container Farming in the City. Foresight Book Publishing & Distributing Co., Inc., Quezon City. 2002. Sundiang, Cynthia Morales. The Edible garden: Urban Agriculture in Metro Manila. University of the Philippines College of Architecture Master of Tropical Landscape Architecture Thesis, 1994. Santos, Julieta. Raising the Scale of Micro Urban Agriculture in a Socialized Housing Community. University of the Philippines College of Architecture Master of Tropical Landscape Architecture Thesis, 2010.