youarethecity

Field Guide to Phytoremediation

Bronx, New York & anywhere

2011 to present
40crop

According to the New York Department of City Planning, more than 6% of the city’s land is vacant, adding up to approximately 11,700 acres of underutilized land. Many of these lots are plagued with contaminated soil as a result of previous constructions and industrial uses. To educate property owners about how they can initiate cost-effective toxic clean up, architect and planner Kaja Kühl created the Field Guide to Phytoremediation, a do- you-it-yourself (DIY) handbook that is available online and as a downloadable pamphlet. She also launched the Field Lab, an experimental garden in the South Bronx where she tests and demonstrates DIY brownfield remediation techniques to citizens.

Community, Economy, Information, Sustainability
4,500
2 summers
4
Problem - vacant, contaminated lots
Solution - low-cost, DIY remediation using plants