Productive Urban Landscapes

Research and practice around the CPUL design concept

Image: Productive landscape when implemented on the existing space (source: Pia Kante, Katja Mali & Vid Bogovič www 2019)

Productive Dynamic Landscapes, Slovenia

Master’s in Landscape Architecture students Pia Kante, Katja Mali and Vid Bogovič from the University of Ljubljana have been developing a design proposal which they call Productive Dynamic Landscapes. Their concept addresses the issue of how to work with urban sprawl in ways that can overcome current reliance on a culture determined by car use and planning that discourages mixed uses. Productive Dynamic Landscapes calls for a repurposing of contemporary mono-agricultural landscapes, designed purely to maximise economic profit, into agricultural landscapes providing grains and other fruit and vegetable needs for their immediate surroundings. While these landscapes protect traditional agricultural practices, they would be used far from traditional. The many aspects of daily work and social life are reconfigured into a mixed-use that incorporates landscape as an integral element of the settlement.

Diagram by students showing current state and proposed state of landscape through illistration. (Source: Future Architecture, 2022)

The proposed way of designing landscapes is more beneficial. (Source: Future Architecture, 2022)

This project, evocatively drawn, has similarities with Bohn & Viljoen’s CPUL concept and with work Katrin is involved in as part of the International Building Exhibition IBA Heidelberg. It also relates to Italian urban design research undertaken since the 1990’s by landscape architect researchers such as Indovina and Ferrario who use the term ‘città diffusa’ to describe urban sprawl in Italy, where agriculture and isolated patches of development are found next to each other.

Diagram showing the 5 elements of the landscape. (Source: Future Architecture, 2022)

The landscape will involve 5 key elements. (Source: Future Architecture, 2022)

Diagram by students highlighting urban sprawl in past, present and future. (Source: Future Architecture, 2022)

Combining urban and agricultural landscapes is the way to the future. (Source: Future Architecture, 2022)


For further information see the project’s own website.

For information on the Urban Agriculture Park and the Patrick- Henry-Village at Heidelberg International Building Exhibition see here.

* Categories:  CPUL research , projects related to the CPUL concept
* Tags: Europe , *food systems , *landscape , *urban design

Image: Productive landscape when implemented on the existing space (source: Pia Kante, Katja Mali & Vid Bogovič,  2019)


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Jasmine Cook • 1st May 2017

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