Jul 22, 2014
What a nice and simple idea! It will be very helpful to reduce dependency of urban residents on vegetable supply from outside thus reducing the transportation and purchasing costs. The people can utilize manure from organic waste products for roof top agriculture. The idea is suitable for promotion, adaptation and increasing resilience with multiplier effects on environment.
Aug 6, 2014
Specific revisions requested: 1)The timeline needs to be more realistic - focus on the 1 month to 1 year window. 2) The details need to be developed further - start with a specific city, or a range of cities. Give more information about how to overcome the challenges of space and soil quality/health that are identified. 3) The link to urban resilience needs to be more explicitly stated. Judges comments: "In terms of feasibility, didn't really address the issue of space, other than referring to terraces which only exist in some types of cities. Vertical gardens might have improved this proposal. They also did not really address the issue of soil quality, contaminants and chemical residues in urban areas very effectively.Whilst appealing and certainly a great idea to be pursuing in all cities, the argument is not persuasive or clear and missing details." "The idea is wonderful and urban gardening deserves a lot more attention. I worry about many of the practicalities left unaddressed in this proposal, including the ability of many or most roofs in communities (especially poor, or even informal communities) to support the weight of wet soil, who would bear the costs of soil, construction of garden beds, etc.I have been to Bangalore, and certainly the problems of open space and other outlined in this proposal are fierce.I wonder if a better start would be in creating publicly accessible demonstration gardens that could be used to create methods and spread the word. These perhaps could be started on vacant plots. Or on publicly accessible roof that could support the gardening (maybe a government building). These might be good ways to start a movement."
Sep 3, 2014
Unfortunately you did not update the proposal and take advice, and so this proposal does not seem to have been improved from the original. Thus we cannot select it to advance as a finalist.