Productive Urban Landscape Research

Research and teaching around the CPUL design concept

Video still from "A European Green Deal: Striving to be the first climate-neutral continent" (source: European Commission www 2020)

Shaping the European Green Deal call

Katrin Bohn has contributed to the shaping of Area 7 Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services for the European Green Deal call. The prominence of “Food” as a subject of the call and hence of the European Green Deal is a major achievement. Both, the recently adopted Farm to Fork Strategy and the EU Biodiversity Strategy…

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Discussing Akito Murayama’s research on spatial planning and design for Tokyo’s Agri-Residential Mixed Neighborhoods (source: Andre Viljoen 2020)

International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE) symposium

As part of the North American IALE Association’s annual conference, Andre Viljoen joined Prof Makoto Yokohari from the University of Tokyo and colleagues from Canada, USA and Japan to convene a special symposium on Borderless Landscapes: Envisioning resilient urban/rural mixed landscapes with agri-activities/lands. The conference was scheduled to run from the 11th to 14th May…

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A reference to the saison on the meeting invitation: rhubarb time in Germany (source: Ernährungsrat Berlin www 2020)

INVITE: Plenary assembly of the Food Policy Council Berlin on Monday 18th May

‘We need to be and stay active right now! Corona presents us all with great challenges, but at the same time, the opportunities are growing to do things differently in the future.’ Under this motto, the Food Policy Council Berlin [Ernährungsrat Berlin] is inviting to its bi-annual plenary assembly on Monday 18th May 2020 from…

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Chatterjee et al. refer to this Integrated Vertical Farming System at Tripura, India, developed and live tested by ICAR Research Complex. (source: Singh, A. KVK South Tripura 2015)

The vision of productive urban landscapes is horizontal and vertical

February saw the publication of the book chapter Implication of Urban Agriculture and Vertical Farming for Future Sustainability by Anwesha Chatterjee, Sanjit Debnath and Harshata Pal. It takes stock of global urban agriculture thought and practice as well as envisioning a sustainable food-focused urban future for Indian cities. Of interest to us is the strong,…

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Brighton&Hove Food Partnership is member of Sustainable Food Places. The non-for-provit organisation's response to the Covid-19 food crisis is to 'secure food for vulnerable people through fundraising and co-ordination'. (source: BHFP www 2020)

Sustainable Food Cities become Sustainable Food Places

Since April, the pioneering UK network of 58 local food partnerships has officially changed its name from Sustainable Food Cities Network to Sustainable Food Places Network. This may seem a small difference in an initiative that is characterised by actions rather than words. However, it symbolises two things: on the one hand, that even (or…

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The 'Trames Vertes', a mosaic connecting green spaces in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, based on the CPUL concept (source: Hamidou Baguian Municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso 2013)

Food for Cities group: Conversations about Covid 19

It is impossible not to think about the influence the coronavirus pandemic has and could have on food systems and the relationships between urban and rural areas. A great deal of proactive, critical and inspiring discussion is underway between academics, practitioners, policymakers and activists worldwide. It reflects the urgency to fight against food insecurity and…

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Extract of the flyer advertising the seed exchange at Allmende-Kontor (source: Allmende-Kontor 2020)

INVITE: Resistance with distance! Seed exchange and joint film this Friday

Urban gardeners in Germany embrace new opportunities to allow the gardening seasion to start during the current corona pandemic. Please feel free to join them this Friday 17th April 2020 for two events: At 7pm, the “joint film watching” of O´pflanzt is – 6 Jahre Gemeinschaftsgarten happens on Zoom using these entry details: Meeting-ID: 734…

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Drawing showing part of New York City (Steady) State (source: terreform www 2020)

The passing of Michael Sorkin

On the 26th of March 2020, Michael Sorkin, the New York based architect, academic and critic passed away as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Sorkin was a prominent and prolific advocate for rethinking cities in such a way that they could operate within the limits of the Earth’s carrying capacity while being more…

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Visualisation of the Parkway, the main circular route through the new urban quarter (image: KCAP 2019)

A dynamic masterplan for PHV Heidelberg

The dynamic master plan for the PHV is there! In its last meeting on the 18th of March, the committee that operates all conversion areas in Heidelberg made its majority recommendation to the local council. Due to the corona pandemic, the decision of the local council is still pending. The CPUL concept inspired the proposal…

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Image: One of the four main pages of the new website Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün (source: SenUVK www 2020)

Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün goes live!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the full going-live of the interactive website Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün [Platform Productive Urban Green] ! Commissioned and hosted by the Senate of Berlin, Germany, it can be found here: https://www.berlin.de/gemeinschaftsgaertnern/ Please do use the website abundantly! It is open – and hopefully useful – to anybody, regardless…

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The Brighton Waste House, 'Europe’s first permanent building made of materials other people discarded'. Its concept and building was coordinated by Duncan Baker-Brown. (source: University of Brighton www 2020)

INVITE: School of Re-construction at the University of Brighton

A team of our colleagues at the University of Brighton’s School of Architecture & Design will be hosting a five-day International Summer School from 17-21 August 2020. Aimed at students from the worlds of design, architecture, construction and engineering, the School of Re-construction will demonstrate ways to re-use materials from local construction sites. It is…

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Bohn&Viljoen’s 1998 proposal for integrating urban agriculture into Sheffield’s Manor Park estate (source: Bohn&Viljoen Architects 1999)

Nature Food: CPULs enable the spatial integration of urban horticulture.

We were very interested to read a Perspective article, The hidden potential of urban horticulture, in the March 2020 edition of the journal Nature Food. The article by Jill L. Edmondson et al. from the University of Sheffield, UK, assesses the potential contribution that urban horticulture (UH) can make to the fresh fruit and vegetable…

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The Werkstatt of Haus der Statistik on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin (source: Haus der Statistik www 2020)

INVITE: Food and Logistic in the House of Statistic in Berlin

The association ZUsammenKUNFT Berlin eG invites to its 7th Thematic Evening on Thursday 12th March from 6 – 8pm in the Werkstatt Haus der Statistik, Karl-Marx-Allee 1 in Berlin. The 7th Thematic Evening is dedicated to the theme Food and Logistic in the House of Statistic. Background for the event is that the House of…

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The journal Blue-Green Systems published a special issue including papers of this COST Action group. (source: Blue-Green Systems www 2019)

COST Action “Circular Cities” convenes in Instanbul

Last week, the European members of COST Action 17133 Circular Cities: Implementing nature-based solutions for creating a resourceful city met at Aydin University in Istanbul, Turkey, for their 3rd Annual General Meeting. The network of European researchers has grown again, now comprising not only representatives from all (!) 39 COST countries but also international observers…

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Professor Uma Kothari, chair of the conference, introduces the theme of this year’s event. (source: RGS www 2020)

Joint abstract accepted for the Annual International RGS Conference

It is our pleasure to announce that our joint abstract, submitted to the Annual International Conference organised by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with IBG under the theme Borders, borderlands and bordering has been accepted. Our joint paper by Ferne Edwards (RMIT), Katrin Bohn (UoB) and André Viljoen (UoB) is part of the panel Food…

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Cover of Bohn & Viljoen's chapter in the volume Achieving sustainable urban agriculture, edited by Johannes Wiskerke (source: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing www 2020)

Building continuous productive (peri-)urban landscapes: New book chapter out

An invited book chapter by André Viljoen and Katrin Bohn, titled Building continuous productive (peri-)urban landscapes, has been published last week in a new book edited by Prof Johannes Wiskerke of Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and published by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing. This volume, titled Achieving sustainable urban agriculture, reviews research on building urban and…

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Within the Playing/Field project, the Dorfplatz, a deck / bench / planting bed, was designed and built by TU Berlin students with help from resident-gardeners. (source: Tobias Birkefeld, Carlo Costabel, Peter Müller, Joshua Obliers 2014)

The Village Green at Playing/Field Marzahn is badly missed.

Yesterday, the first gardeners’ association meeting of the year happened at the community garden Spiel/Feld Marzahn [Playing/Field Marzahn] in Berlin, Germany. About 15 people came to discuss how best to prepare the new gardening season, what to plant, build and repair, how to engage with the neighbourhood and when to come together and celebrate. One…

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The Wynd, a pedestrianised retail and artisan-workshop street in the centre of Letchworth, is lined with two rows of fruit trees. (source: Katrin Bohn 2020)

How do we showcase the Garden City of the Future?

This is one of the central questions that a local team of city representatives, food activists and design researchers explored during last week’s two-day working meeting in Letchworth, UK. Joined by Vic Borrill, Brighton&Hove Food Partnership, and André Viljoen and Katrin Bohn, University of Brighton, as their consultants, the local team discussed visions for (food-)productive…

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The panel discussion is part of the exhibition Eco-Visionaries which is on show at the Royal Academy of Arts from 23th November 2019 until 23th February 2020. (source: Bohn&Viljoen 2020)

Eco-Visionairies panel discussion at the Royal Academy of Arts, London

On Monday, Katrin Bohn presented her and Andre Viljoen’s work at London’s Royal Academy of Arts Designing from a depleted world event, as part of the RA’s Eco-Visionaries: Confronting a planet in a state of emergency exhibition. Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries, chaired a three-way presentation and dialogue with artist-architect…

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Mapping food and its producers in an urban district in the City of Cologne, Germany, as part of the DQE urban generation project Urbane Agrikultur in Köln-Ehrenfeld. (source: Dirk Melzer 2011)

Paper accepted for Anthropology & Geography conference

Katrin Bohn will be presenting at the Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present, and Future conference in London later this year. Her abstract was accepted for the panel Mapping the Edible City: Making visible communities and food in the city which she is also co-convening with Dr Ferne Edwards (RMIT), Prof Andre Viljoen (University of Brighton) and Prof Kevin…

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