This book on urban design extends and develops the widely accepted 'compact city' solution. It provides a design proposal for a new kind of sustainable urban landscape: Urban Agriculture. By growing food within an urban rather than exclusively rural environment, urban agriculture would reduce the need for industrialized production, packaging and transportation of foodstuffs to the city dwelling consumers. The revolutionary and innovative concepts put forth in this book have potential to shape the future of our cities quality of life within them.
Urban design is shown in practice through international case studies and the arguments presented are supported by quantified economic, environmental and social justifications.
Table of Contents
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, PREFACE, FORWARD, AN INTRODUCTORY GLOSSARY, CARROT & CITY : THE CONCEPT OF CPULs, New Space for old Space : An urban vision, More Space with less Space : An urban design strategy, PLANNING FOR CPULs, Urban Agriculture, More Food with less Space : Why bother?, Urban Agriculture and sustainable urban development, Food Miles, Sandwell : A rich country and food for the poor, Plant-It, New Cities with more Life : benefits and obstacles, The Economics of Urban Agriculture, Changing consumer behaviour: The role of Farmers Markets, The social role of community farms and gardens in the city, Recycling systems at the urban scale, Open Urban Space, Food in Time : The history of English open urban space as a European example, Food in Space : CPULs amongst contemporary open urban space, Urban Space Atlas, Designs on the plot : The Future for Allotments in Urban Landscapes, International experience, Urban Agriculture in Havana, Cuba : Laboratory for urban agriculture, Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture in S&E Africa : Economic, Planning and Social dimensions, Moulsecoomb : Discovering a Micro-PUL, Allotments, plots and crops in Britain, Urban food growing : New landscapes, new thinking, Permaculture and productive urban landscapes, Utilitarian Dreams : Examples from other countries, CARROT & CITY : PRACTICAL VISIONING, New Space for old Cities : Vision for landscape, More City with less Space : Vision for life style, More or less : Food for thought, APPENDIX, INDEX, CONTACTS
"an astounding book"
Debora Solomon 7th June 2006 on Transition Culture
"a book of the most profound importance at this point in history".
Rob Hopkins, Permaculture