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Building-integrated agriculture, from the AESOP group’s website (source: AESOP SFPG www 2019)

INVITE: Call for papers for AESOP Sustainable Food Planning conference

The deadline for the call for papers for the 9th AESOP – Sustainable Food Planning Group conference, titled Agroecological transitions confronting climate breakdown: Food planning for the post-carbon city, has been extended to the 22nd of April. The conference will take place on the 7th and 8th of November 2019 and offer side events on the 6th and 9th of November, including training for PhD students and field visits. It will be hosted by Marian Simón Rojo and the Research Group ‘Architecture, Urbanism and Sustainability’, at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).

Extracts from the call:

There is increasing scientific evidence that we are approaching a tipping point on climate change, in which self-reinforcing feedbacks will accelerate deterioration on a global scale. Urban food systems are a major contributor to the climate change, as well as highly vulnerable to it, in a non homogeneous way: distressed urban areas and vulnerable populations will suffer more the impacts.
Urban areas account for nearly 60 % of energy use and 70 % of CO2 emissions (IEA, 2008). As goals are set for greenhouse gas emissions, self-sufficiency in energy, and adaptation to climate change, much prominence is given to urban plans for sustainable mobility and energy efficiency in the built environment. We want to draw attention to the food issue – which in fact has strong implications in terms of energy and emissions – connecting the already mainstream claims for territorialized food systems based on solidarity relationships and shifting diets, to the challenges related to climate change and ecosocial breakdown’s threat.
In this conference we approach the problem with an agroecological lense, to discuss the implications of the deep changes needed, in terms of degrowth, social justice and contesting the political and economic hegemony […]
We invite you to discuss in which ways planning instruments and processes are levers of the required public support towards territorialized food systems, diversified agroecological production, local logistic and retail infrastructures, adapted technologies and new organization of an envisioned close-loop cycle of food production, and consumption. Is resilience a concept strong enough to face the ecological crisis or a more radical approach is needed? Are we talking about impacting unequal power relations and distributions of resources? About placing farming/primary sector at a central position in economy? About placing the rural world at a central position in food planning? Or about self contained city, frugal urbanity, city-region’s self-reliance and austerity?


The call for papers can be accessed here.

For more information on the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Group see here.

Image: Building-integrated agriculture, from the AESOP group’s website (source: AESOP SFPG www 2019)

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Katrin Bohn • 2nd April 2019

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