Category — Planning
“Every month we host a Global Roundtable on a specific question in The Nature of Cities. Writers from diverse perspectives offer a brief response.”
The Nature of Cities
Apr 7, 2014
As Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur led Jerusalem’s recycling revolution, and integrated urban nature into city planning in major projects such as the Gazelle Valley Urban Nature Park and the Railway Park.
Gareth Haysom is a researcher at the African Food Security Urban Network based at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.
David Dixon FAIA leads Stantec’s new Urban Group. Wiley will publish his Urban Design for an Urban Century, with Lance Brown, this Spring.
April 22, 2014 No Comments
Urban agriculture pioneers have repurposed vacant land, greened the city, created community space, and introduced city dwellers to fresh local food.
By Nevin Cohen and Kristin Reynolds
Apr 14, 2014
In many ways, cultivating social justice is more important than bringing in a bountiful harvest because simply growing more food in the city, as healthy and delicious as it may be, will never feed all those in need. Even a vastly expanded urban agriculture system will not ensure healthy communities until cities address the roots of food system disparities: poverty, discrimination, and unequal power and privilege. That’s how urban agriculture can really make a difference.
April 18, 2014 No Comments
The Large Lot Program
The Large Lot Program is a City of Chicago neighborhood stabilization initiative to help homeowners, block clubs and non-profit groups in greater Englewood to purchase City-owned land for $1 per parcel.
The program is one of the recommendations of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Five-Year Housing Plan,” which will direct $1.3 billion in public spending from 2014-2018 to create, improve, and preserve more than 41,000 units of housing citywide. It’s also recommended in the Department of Planning and Development’s “Green Healthy Neighborhoods” plan, which identifies strategies to stablize greater Englewood with a variety of land use, infrastructure, and related initiatives.
April 11, 2014 No Comments
Report envisages cities of the future as integrated networks of intelligent green spaces, designed to improve the health and wellbeing of citizens.
Excerpt: Pages. 85-89
“Rooftop farms in some of the world’s most crowded cities, including Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo, are adding green to the gray. They are reconnecting city dwellers with nature, teaching consumers about homegrown food and offering a glimpse, perhaps, of a more secure and sustainable food supply.”
—Mary Hui, New York Times (2012)
Many commentors now predict that we will see peak food around the world in the next two decades— we will begin to consume more food than we can possibly produce. Following that, alternatives to the current model of mass agriculture will have to be found. A big potential for an alternative model lies within the idea of the natural city.
April 9, 2014 No Comments
Havana, Mexico City, Antigua and Barbuda, Tegucigalpa, Managua, Quito, Lima, El Alto (Bolivia), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Rosario (Argentina)
(Must read. Mike)
FAO has put online a new report on urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Latin America and Caribbean region. The report, entitled “Growing Greener Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean”, reviews the progress that has been made toward realizing “greener cities” in which urban and peri-urban agriculture is recognized by public policy, included in urban development strategies, supported by agricultural research and extension, and linked to sources of training, technological innovation, investment and credit, and to urban markets and consumers.
The report is available in English and Spanish. It is based on an FAO survey of UPA in 110 of the region’s towns, municipalities and cities. It includes in-depth profiles of agriculture as it is practised today in and around Havana, Mexico City, Antigua and Barbuda, Tegucigalpa, Managua, Quito, Lima, El Alto (Bolivia), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Rosario (Argentina).
April 9, 2014 Comments Off
El Programa Agricultura Urbana es una instancia de trabajo colectivo entre agentes del ámbito público y privado que opera en los límites de la urbe Rosarina y ha cambiado la cara de algunas zonas de la ciudad, antiguamente abandonadas y sin planes de uso de su suelo.
Profesora: Dra. Ada Svetlitza de Nemirovsky Estudiante: Lic. Prof. Juan Pablo Sarjanovich
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales
Comenzaron siendo unos 800 huerteros. En baldíos y hasta en patios armaban su huerta. Hoy ya mejor organizados cuentan con unos 100 espacios de distintas magnitudes, algunos de varias hectáreas como los casos de Circunvalación y Ayacucho o Circunvalación y Lamadrid. Los espacios los trabajan de manera individual no colectiva y pueden llegar a ser de hasta media hectárea. Todos se encuentran en la periferia de la ciudad, en su mayoría en los alrededores de los viejos límites de la ciudad, osea el anillo que demarca la avenida Circunvalación. Así es que están ganado un enorme espacio en la zona de la autovía Circunvalación, frente al terreno de Servicios Portuarios s.a. Allí montaron un emprendimiento que está en plan piloto y que consta de varias huertas a lo largo de 5 kms de la colectora de dicha autovía.
April 8, 2014 Comments Off
According to New Report by the National Gardening Association
- 35% of all households in America, or 42 million households, are growing food at home or in a community garden, up 17% in five years
– Largest increases in participation seen among younger households – up 63% to 13 million since 2008
– 2 million more households community gardening — up 200% since 2008
Press release from the National Gardening Association
Williston, VT (April 2, 2014)
During the past five years there’s been a significant shift toward more Americans growing their own food in home and community gardens, increasing from 36 million households in 2008 to 42 million in 2013.
April 5, 2014 Comments Off
By Michael Hardmana, Peter J. Larkhamb,
Land Use Policy
Available online Mar 22, 2014
Food charters are on the rise and are increasingly used as tools to enable urban agriculture.
Charters can be positive mechanisms for encouraging engagement between key actors in the city.
There is some reluctance to adopt the concept has been shown.
March 28, 2014 Comments Off
Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564/65 – 1637/38). ‘Spring’, between 1622-35. Part of a series of four pictures of seasonal activities, this painting illustrates spring chores in a garden. The edges of the raised beds are being firmed up, the soil prepared, and the first plantings set out. Click on image for larger file.
“Urban and peri-urban agriculture, as well as the development of short food chains connecting cities to their local foodshed, will therefore play an increasingly important role.”
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food,
Olivier De Schutter
Final report: The transformative potential of the right to food
Jan 24, 2014
38. A wide range of social innovations have emerged in recent years to support the rebuilding of local food systems, primarily by reconnecting urban consumers with local food producers.
In Canada, the Special Rapporteur learned about a number of initiatives that seek to support relocalized food systems. In Montreal, for instance, urban agriculture initiatives include a community gardening programme managed by the City, and collective gardens managed by community organizations, with impacts that go beyond improved food security and nutrition, contributing also to educational and empowerment goals.
March 21, 2014 Comments Off
Growing Food in the Suburbs: Estimating the Land Potential for Sub-urban Agriculture in Waterloo, Ontario
Promotion of urban agriculture could be beneficial in post-war sub-urban neighbourhoods
By Caitlin M. Port, Markus Moos
Planning Practice & Research
Volume 29, Issue 2, 2014
This study uses Geographic Information System analysis to measure the land potential for urban agriculture in four sub-urban neighbourhoods in Waterloo, Ontario. Findings show that 49–58% of land measured has potential to support urban agriculture. In older post-war sub-urban neighbourhoods, the land potential is primarily in the form of private yards. Contrary, newer sub-urban neighbourhoods, incorporating new urbanist ideals, have smaller yards but more public green space. Challenges and opportunities for urban agriculture will differ between new and older sub-urban areas due to differences in neighbourhood design.
March 21, 2014 Comments Off
A step toward their long-term goal: a physical center for urban agriculture research on campus.
By Tahmina Achekzai
The Daily Californian
March 13, 2014
Those in opposition to development argue that the Gill Tract is the only remaining plot of Class 1 soil in the East Bay Area, making it ideal land for potential urban farming and agriculture research.
Though development is only planned for the plot just south of the tract, Magnolia Barrett, UC Berkeley senior and Occupy member, said that the plot could be agriculturally viable as well.
March 21, 2014 Comments Off
For the past six years, the urban research nonprofit Terreform has carefully considered exactly what New York City would look like if everything New Yorkers ate was grown inside city limits.
The New York City (Steady) State is considering what it would mean if the city’s 8 million residents were entirely self-sufficient, from the food they eat to the fuel they burn.
By Adele Peters
Mar 6, 2014
“At some level, it’s absurd,” says Michael Sorkin, who leads Terreform. “We discovered that with intense use of vertical agriculture and a change in diet, we could in fact physically provide the facilities to grow 2,500 decent calories for every resident in New York. But the energy estimates were so enormous we estimated that 25 nuclear power plants would be required.”
March 14, 2014 Comments Off
Feeding the City in Europe and the World – Urban Agriculture – an Integral Part of Urban Planning
4th of March 2014 at 16.30-18.30
Under the Auspices of the Members of the European Parliament:
Göran Färm, Swedish Social Democratic Party (S&D Group)
Kent Johansson, Swedish Centre Party (Alde Group)
By 2050, 90% of the world’s population will live inside cities.
Already today, 70% of the world’s arable land is used for crop production.
According to the UNDP, estimates show that urban agriculture already delivers 20% of today’s food.
March 2, 2014 Comments Off
The report indicated high levels of support for urban agriculture initiatives on public lands and City-owned spaces, and lower levels of support for initiatives on private property.
By Sara Wilson
Airdrie City View
Feb 20, 2014
Residential support for City-operated community gardens came in at 94.3 per cent in favour, rooftop gardens received 88.6 per cent support, edible landscaping garnered 85 per cent approval rating and beehives on public lands received 57.9 per cent approval. The report indicated residents support for private/backyards were slightly lower at 81.6 per cent for front yard edible gardens, backyard hens received less support at 57.1 per cent and backyard bees just garnering 50.7 per cent support.
February 27, 2014 Comments Off
Get connected with the farms, gardens and markets in your neighborhood and help Kansas City get growing!
By Cultivate Kansas City
We are thrilled to launch our interactive Get Growing KC Map! This is a wonderful resource for our community to connect with urban farmers, community gardens, educational gardens and farmers markets. Go in and add your farm, garden or market! You can upload a photo, tell people where to find your produce, or let the community know if you have garden plots available! Get connected with the farms, gardens and markets in your neighborhood and help Kansas City get growing.
February 17, 2014 Comments Off