Food Security, Urban Farms and Rooftop Agriculture are all topics that becoming more prevalent in people conversations about the landscape and urban design. Gord Hume, an former councilor and author of Cultural Planning for Creative Communities recently gave a keynote speech where he stated
“Local government has to make the provisions for local food — it’s an urban design issue,”
Gord also went on to speak about Urban Food Terminals and Food as a tourism drawcard.
Studio UAP [Silvia Cioli + Luca D'Eusebio + Andrea Mangoni]has mapped through the magic of Google Maps about 50 community-run green areas: little urban gardens, play yards, edible gardens and areas for walking, resting, or simply talking. Citizens and associations acting together to reclaim the abandoned areas in Rome.
More than 100 sites together with the 65 spontaneous gardens registered by the Rome municipality.
Urban farms too and other interesting experiences such as Partecipation Houses, “Punti Verdi Qualità” and green areas maintained by established associations.
Carolyn Steel recently gave a presentation at TED Global 2009 in Oxford, UK last July.
Architect and author Carolyn Steel uses food as a medium to “read” cities and understand how they work. In her book Hungry City she traces — and puts into historical context — food’s journey from land to urban table and thence to sewer. Cities, like people, are what they eat.
The video was recently posted and Carolyn gives a great presentation and some great insights.
All across Manhattan urban farms are springing up across one of the densely built cities in the world. Urban Farms (community gardens) are nothing new but recently they are moving up onto the rooftops across the world as urbanites want to grow their own food and cool down their buildings.
The Washington Post has an article about the Urban Farms in Manhattan and how as the city has boomed with Community Gardens being sold for development gardens have moved up onto rooftops.
“A recent chapter in urban gardening starts in Detroit, Mich. with Hantz Farms whose plan is to be the world’s largest urban farm.The first part of the plan seeks to utilize vacant land and abandoned properties in Detroit’s lower east side, adding up to over 70 acres.”