He recently won national attention for his proposal to make creative reuse of abandoned big-box stores, including the many supermarkets that have been shuttered recently around the Magic City.
Fulton’s proposal won third place in a design competition called “Reburbia” sponsored by inhabitat.com and the magazine Dwell. It appears in the magazine's December/January issue.
You can also visit www.dwell.com, www.re-burbia.com or www.forrestfulton.com/big-box-agriculture to see Fulton's renderings for the transformation of an abandoned Bruno's in Hoover into a greenhouse, restaurant and what he calls a “farm-park.”
“This more interactive, local approach to high-end food retail is inspired by farm-restaurants, such as Blue Hill Farm at the Stone Barns in New York state, where food cultivation, processing, preparation, and consumption are all integrated,” Fulton writes in a recent email to Birmingham Weekly.
Fulton, according to his email, is interested in developing a business plan for this idea and would like to find experts and investors to help him make it a reality.
You can learn more about Fulton’s ideas for reviving rapidly declining older suburbs in his new article “Inventing the suburban farm” at www.civileats.com.