Winter 2009: v.05 n.03: AGRIART: COMPANION PLANTING FOR SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
The Edible Estates project proposes the replacement of the domestic front lawn with a highly productive edible landscape. The project was initiated by architect and artist Fritz Haeg on Independence Day, 2005, with the planting of the first regional prototype garden in the geographic center of the United States, Salina, Kansas. Since then, several gardens have been planted throughout the United States and in London.
For complete documentation of Edible Estates projects please visit www.edibleestates.org.
Like a system of crop rotation, Fritz Haeg works between his architecture & design practice Fritz Haeg Studio (though the currently preferred clients are animals), the happenings & gatherings of Sundown Salon (now Sundown Schoolhouse), the ecology initiatives of Gardenlab (including Edible Estates) and his role as an educator. He studied architecture in Italy at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his B. Arch. He has variously taught in architecture, design, and fine art programs at CalArts, Art Center College of Design, Parsons, and the University of Southern California. In 2006 he initiated Sundown Schoolhouse, the alternative educational environment based in his geodesic dome in Los Angeles. He has produced projects and exhibited work at the Tate Modern, London; the Whitney Museum of American Art; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Casco Projects, Utrecht; Mass MoCA; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Wattis Institute; the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Maastricht; and the MAK Center, Los Angeles, among other institutions. His new on-going series of projects called Animal Estates debuted at the Whitney Biennial in 2008 with installations in front of the museum. It is followed by five other editions in 2008, commisioned by museums and art institutions in the U.S. and abroad. His first book, “Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn”, was published by Metropolis Books and distributed by D.A.P. in spring 2008.