Agropolis Munich, Germany
Agropolis is an urban agriculture project which proposes to transform Munich’s food systems. The project won a competition launched by Department of Urban Planning and Building Regulation of the City of Munich in 2009. The proposal includes an urban haven of agriculture, recreation and education by utilising temporarily available space in Freiham. Freiham is a new quarter in development in Munich which will take a total of 30 years for completion. Project Agropolis will utilise land that is yet to be developed. The project aims ‘to convey an impression of … transformation by allocating a consistent temporary agrarian use to future building sites’. The construction vehicles and the farming vehicles will create in their coexistence a new urban model of ‘Agropolis’. As Freiham is built, the area will have a culture of food production and the residents will be able to access healthy, fresh produce options. They are hoping this project acts as a catalyst to introduce more ways to incorporate food production into the city of Munich and shapes a new urban landscape.
Part of the program is a network of trams which would deliver fresh produce from urban agricultural areas into the heart of the city. Agropolis envisions the city of Munich to have many small scale agricultural developments dotted throughout the urban landscape such as green roofs and food productive balconies.
For further information see the project’s own website.
Image: Collaged vision of Agropolis. (Source: Agropolis Munchen 2022)
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