Productive Urban Landscapes

Research and practice around the CPUL design concept

A small-scale circularity exists with this 'shop of trust' in the area of future Landwirtschaftspark Heidelberg. (source: Katrin Bohn 2016)

The Circular City: Rethinking architecture and engineering

Katrin Bohn presented her work and thoughts on the Circular City concept on invitation by the University of Brighton. The presentation and conversation with co-presenter Dr. Yan Wang happened on Wednesday 4th November as part of the open conversation series Unlikely Partners curated and organised by the university. Initially intended for a local audience, the…

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Cover slide of the presentation A short overview of food mapping (source: Bohn and Edwards 2020)

Presentation of the first paper to study urban food mapping?

During the recent international conference Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future, Katrin Bohn and Ferne Edwards presented their paper A short overview of food mapping: Developing a cross-disciplinary approach to an expert audience. Its main question will be taken foward during a workshop meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 30th September, with contributors interested in follow-up…

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A map of Atlanta recording places of food retail (yellow and orange dots) and social demographics (red-lined areas) (source: Jerry Shannon www 2020)

INVITE: Join us for our panel “Mapping the Edible City” in 2 weeks!

Our conference panel Mapping the Edible City: Making visible communities and food spaces in the city will take place on Wednesday 16th September and Thursday 17th September 2020. Co-convened by Ferne Edwards (RMIT) and Katrin Bohn (UoB) with Andre Viljoen (UoB) and Kevin Morgan (Cardiff University), the panel is part of the Anthropology and Geography:…

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Edible Map for Newcastle, one of several maps suggesting and describing “edible walks” in cities around the world by Mikey Tomkins, panel contributor (source: Mikey Tomkins 2015)

The RAI “Anthropology and Geography” conference moves online!

It is with great pleasure that we can announce again our panel Mapping the Edible City at the international conference Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future now to be held as an online conference 14-18 September 2020. The conference is jointly organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), the Royal Geographical Society (RGS),…

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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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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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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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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 and 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 spaces in the city which she is also co-convening with Dr Ferne Edwards (RMIT), Prof Andre Viljoen (University…

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The Breast Milk of the Volcano by Unknown Fields, panellists with Smout Allen and Katrin Bohn (source: Unkown Fields www 2016-8)

INVITE: “Designing from a depleted world” at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

On Monday 27th January 2020, 6.30 — 8pm, the second public panel discussion accompanying the RA’s Eco-Visionaries exhibition will take place at the Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The panellists, including Katrin Bohn, reflect on the impact of human action on Earth’s depleting resources and discuss…

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Map of Berlin showing urban agriculture projects with an educational focus from the exhibition CarrotCity and Die Produktive Stadt. (source: FG Stadt & Ernährung (Prof. Bohn) TU Berlin, 2011)

Conference panel “Mapping the Edible City” attracts highest number of submissions

We are pleased to announce that our conference panel to this year’s Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present, and Future conference did attract the highest number of submissions of any of the proposed panels! This shows not only that “the urban food question” has secured an important place as a subject of research and critical…

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Co-installing the Mathare Shamba in the Mathare neigbourhood in Nairobi became part of a practice-based Masters’ thesis at the course. (source: Katherine Cashman, Community Gardening in Mathare, Nairobi (Masters’ thesis) 2018)

Guest lecture to international Master’s course at the TU Berlin

Yesterday, Katrin Bohn gave a talk about food-productive urban landscapes and the CPUL City concept to Masters’ students at the Technical University (TU) of Berlin’s independent Masters’ in Urban Management. Apart from introducing key concepts of the international urban food design and planning debate, Katrin presented international architectural and urban design case studies. Lively discussions…

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Positioning the paper's subjects - greenways and CPULs - within key green infrastructure types and concepts (source: Katrin Bohn and Dong Chu 2019)

Paper presentation at the 9th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference

Katrin Bohn presented their joint paper written with Dong Chu at the 9th international conference of the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Group held at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in Spain from the 6th to the 9th of November 2019. Researchers, practitioners, students and guests from all over Europe and further afield came together to discuss…

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Chart of the Red Sea mapping transportation routes and loading/unloading points (source: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) www 2019)

Panel accepted at next year’s “Anthropology and Geography” conference

We are pleased do announce that our proposal for a panel at next year’s international conference Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future has been accepted! The Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future conference is jointly organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), the British Academy, the…

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Poster advertising the 9th international conference of the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Group (source: AESOP SFPG www 2019)

Congratulations on the acceptance to AESOP Sustainable Food Planning 2019

Congratulations to Dong Chu and Katrin Bohn for the acceptance of their paper abstract for the 9th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning international conference! This conference on Agroecological transitions confronting climate breakdown: Food planning for the post-carbon city will be hosted by GIAU+s and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain) on the 7-8 November 2019. Dong and Katrin’s…

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Lecture to students at the TU Berlin, Germany

Katrin Bohn held a lecture for Master’s students at the Technical University of Berlin’s Institute of Landscape Achitecture and Environmental Planning (ILAUP) in Germany. The lecture was part of the Institute’s “Theory & Practice” lecture series for students of the University’s international Master’s in Urban Design and organised by its Department Landscape Architecture . Open…

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(Spatial) opportunity map for London's Eastern expansion zone, the Thames Gateway (source: Bohn&Viljoen 2004)

Knowledge on opportunity and food mapping to be shared internationally

Katrin Bohn has prepared two short lectures to be shown to an international audience of city planners, urban food practitioners and food and water researchers early next month. The lectures use knowledge gathered by Bohn&Viljoen over a number of years through their practice-based CPUL design research and condense it into bite-sized information indented to trigger…

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Image: Green facade of a residential Gründerzeit building in Berlin (source: Reinhard Groszmann 2019)

A new food-productive life for Berlin’s fire break walls?

Yesterday, Katrin Bohn was invited by the Eastern branch of Germany’s B.A.U. Association [B.A.U.-Regionalgruppe Ost des Bund Architektur & Umwelt e.V.] to consult on its Initiative Green Fire Break Walls [Initiative Grüne Brandwände]. Aim of the working meeting of the association was to explore synergies between its own initiative to transform into “green walls” Berlin’s…

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卡特林·波尔: 设计可持续的生产性景观是一项复杂的任务 Designing productive urban landscapes is a complex task

When researching the academic impact in China about the productive urban landscape concept by Katrin and André, I was lucky to find this interview from 2010. Despite nine years having passed, their wisdom in the relevent field is still active, we still could recognise the influence in some of the theses published today in China….

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Cortijada Los Gázquez is an ‘off-grid’ rural farm in the heart of the Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park, Almería, Spain. (image: Simon and Donna Beckmann 2010)

Discussing productive urban landscapes with artists in Andalucia

Last week, Katrin gave a lecture about Bohn&Viljoen’s work as part of her writing retreat in the artist-led Los Gázquez international residency in Andalucia, Spain. Using our work as a reference, Katrin spoke about the evolution of urban agriculture from a “fringe subject” in the 1990s to talking centre stage in urban design and planning…

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