1st Edition

Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes

Edited By Andre Viljoen, Joe Howe Copyright 2005
    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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.

    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


    Joe Howe wishes to acknowledge the support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for funding research undertaken during 2000-2001, which was concerned with urban agriculture and land-use regulation in metropolitan areas of the UK. This research has fed into the book.
    Katrin Bohn is an architect and senior lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton, where she runs a design studio with Andre Viljoen. Within her urban design research, she has developed several architectural and landscape proposals, mostly centred around CPULs. Recent live projects relating to landscape and ecological building include the CUE Eco House in London (with the Low Energy Architecture Research Unit at London Metropolitan University) and proposals for community landscapes in Southwark, London.
    André Viljoen is an architect and senior lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton, where he is undergraduate architecture course leader and runs a design studio with Katrin Bohn. Previously he was Deputy Director of the Low Energy Architecture Research Unit, based in the School of Architecture and Spatial Design at London Metropolitan University. He has participated in a number of European research studies for low energy buildings and his work in urban agriculture and urban design stems from an interest in architecture and environmental issues. Recent research and practice has concentrated on the design implications of the integration of urban agriculture into urban landscape strategies.

    "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