1st Edition

Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Planning

Edited By Rob Roggema Copyright 2016
    272 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As urban populations rise rapidly and concerns about food security increase, interest in urban agriculture has been renewed in both developed and developing countries. This book focuses on the sustainable development of urban agriculture and its relationship to food planning in cities. 

    It brings together the best revised and updated papers from the Sixth Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) conference on Sustainable Food Planning. The main emphasis is on the latest research and thinking on spatial planning and design, showing how urban agriculture provides opportunities to develop and enhance the spatial quality of urban environments. Chapters address various topics such as a new theoretical model for understanding urban agriculture, how urban agriculture contributes to restoring our connections to nature, and the limitations of the garden city concept to food security. Case studies are included from several European countries, including Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey and the UK, as well as Australia, Canada, Cameroon, Ethiopia and the United States (New York and Los Angeles).

    1. Introduction: On the Brink of Why and How: Sustainable Urban Food Planning Grows Up

    Rob Roggema

    2. Hardware Software Interface: A Strategy for the Design of Urban Agriculture

    Greg Keeffe

    3. Food Cultural Landscape: The Infrastructure Resilience of Viæmilia

    Anna Chiara Leardini and Stefano Serventi

    4. Foodscape Gastropolis New York City

    Arnold van der Valk

    5. Peri-urban Farmland Characterisation: A Methodological Proposal for Urban Planning

    Esther Sanz Sanz, Claude Napoléone, Bernard Hubert

    6. Garden Cities: A Flawed Model for Ecological Urbanism?

    Greg Keeffe, Natalie A. Hall and Andy Jenkins

    7. Urban Agriculture Up-scaled: Economically and Socially Productive Public Green Space

    Joshua Zeunert

    8. Urban Agri-tecture: The Natural Way of Smart Living

    Natalia Mylonaki, with Bauke de Vries, Maarten Willems and Tom Veeger

    9. Urban Waters for Urban Agriculture. ROOF WATER-FARMs as Participatory and Multifunctional Infrastructures

    Angela Million , Grit Bürgow, Anja Steglich and Wolf Raber

    10. Associating Agriculture with Education and Recreation in Queens, New York

    Steven Buchanan

    11. Urban Agriculture as a tool for Sustainable Urban Transformation: Atatürk Forest Farm, Ankara

    Kumru Arapgirlioğlu and Deniz Altay Baykan

    12. Elevating Urban Agriculture and City Resilience: Making the case in the City of Los Angeles

    Laura Sasso

    13. The Role of Place, Community and Values in Contemporary Israel’s Urban Agriculture

    Tal Alon Mozes

    14. Population Dimensions, Land Use Change and Food Security in the Peri-urban Area of Santa-Babadjou; Western Highlands, Cameroon

    Roseline Njih Egra Batcha

    15. UK Farming Entrepreneurship for Food Security in an Uncertain Future

    Howard Lee

    16. Experiences of 10 European Cities Collaborating toward Sustainable Food Governance in an URBACT Network

    François Jégou and Joy Carey


    Rob Roggema is Owner/Director of Cittaideale, Research Office for Adaptive Planning and Design (www.cittaideale.eu) in Wageningen, the Netherlands. He is also Adjunct Professor of Planning with Complexity at the Centre for Design Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He is Director of the Regional Resilience Research Institute, a global institute to help regions becoming more resilient, physically, socially and mentally. Until 2015 he was Professor of Design for Urban Agriculture.