Productive Urban Landscapes

Research and practice around the CPUL design concept

A dedicated website follows the project process and informs about its results. (source: Kantine Zukunft www 2020)

INVITE: Kantine Zukunft Berlin presents its work

This coming Wednesday 26th August 2020, at 12 noon, there will be a public press conference to present Kantine Zukunft [Future Canteen], the flagship project of Berlin’s Senatsverwaltung für Justiz, Verbraucherschutz und Antidiskriminierung [Senate Department for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination]. The event will happen at Kantine Zukunft’s new work space at Markthalle 9 [Market…

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The online platform invites dialogue on and around Berlin's 212 community gardens. (source: Bundespreis Stadtgrün www 2020)

Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün shortlisted for National Prize!

Congratulations! Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün [Platform Productive Urban Green], a project completed by the AG Stadt & Ernährung in cooperation with local stakeholders and the Senate of Berlin has been nominated by a national jury for the Germany-wide Bundespreis Stadtgrün [Federal Urban Greenery Prize]. For more than one year, Beatrice Walthall and Katrin Bohn from the…

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Tim Rodber and Dominic Walker Greater London Agriculture (source: RIBA www 2020)

Rethink 2025 for our post-pandemic world (and London in 2045)

Yesterday, the RIBA Journal has announced three joint winners for the architectural competition Rethink 2025 set up as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The competition proposed that ‘Now more than ever, we need to design spaces and buildings that contribute to the health and wellbeing of everyone. Architects have a vital role to play…

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A “Covid-19 lockdown” micro rooftop farm in Southwark, South London (source: Bohn&Viljoen 2020)

Bottom-up & top-down CPUL City Actions in Southwark, London

During London’s Covid-19 lockdown, it has been very evident how spaces immediately adjacent to homes started to be reclaimed and reused. As well as noticing people using the traditional deep window sills as places to sit, food growing has become evident. Taking a five-minute walk from our base in the London borough of Southwark, one…

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Four aspects of the urban metabolism will be linked in COST Action Circular City: water, food, resource recovery and the built environment. (source: COST Action Circular City 2019)

First virtual meeting of COST Action Circular City

On Monday 29th June, COST Action Circular City held its first virtual workshop with 60 people from 29 countries participating. The day-long meeting was dedicated to starting the joint development of a Catalogue of Technologies for providing/recovering resources through nature-based solutions (NBS). Aim of the catalogue is to support efforts by municipalities and initiatives to…

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Building work at the future Parc Agro-Urbain in Bernex in June 2020 (source: Verzone Woods Architectes 2020)

Works started on urban agriculture park near Geneva, Switzerland.

In June, the grading and path works started on one of Europe’s first designated urban agriculture parks in Bernex-Confignon, near the Swiss city of Geneva. Swiss practice Verzone Woods Architectes are leading the project who won its public competition in 2013. The Parc Agro-Urbain Bernex et Confignon in Geneva’s metropolitan region reveals the image of…

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Produktive Stadtlandschaft is one of the five core concepts of the masterplan for Patrick-Henry-Village. (source: IBA Heidelberg and KCAP 2020)

Productive urban landscape becomes part of new urban quarter in Heidelberg, Germany

Last week, Heidelberg City Council approved the Dynamic Master Plan for the implementation of a new mixed-use urban quarter on the site of former Patrick Henry Village (PHV). To create a Produktive Stadtlandschaft is one of the development’s five key concepts, introduced to it by Katrin Bohn during the IBA-led ideas finding phase in 2016-7….

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The indoor farm in Högdalen, with lettuce in different stages of development (source and caption: Rebecka Milestad www 2019)

Swedish researchers’ complex study of the pros and cons of urban indoor farming

‘… many assumptions are made, and expectations held, about urban indoor farming from a sustainability, food production and food provisioning point of view. These assumptions and expectations need to be tested and assessed…’ With these words, a recent paper by Swedish researchers from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, and Stockholm University starts. Rebecka…

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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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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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Food production, logistics and marketing near Castrop-Rauxel in the Ruhrgebiet (source: Ulrich Häpke 2020)

Urban agriculture as green infrastructure element in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany

Spatial planner Ulrich Häpke made us aware of an article he recently published in sub\urban, the German journal for critical urban research. His article, Urbane Landwirtschaft im Ruhrgebiet: Verdrängung und kreative Resistenz [Urban agriculture in the Ruhr region: Displacement and creative resistance], explores the changes to agricultural practices and spaces within the Ruhrgebiet due to…

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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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A resilient food system will be distributed and evenly spread, so that, if shocks occur, small amounts of food from many produces can be sent to places in need. The Kato Farm in Nerima City, Tokyo, is a good example of how this resilient urban landscape may look and how it can be used. Socially embedded food systems working as part of a larger network, like this one, have much to offer as we rethink post Covid 19 and in the midst of climate change adaptation and mitigation. (image: Bohn&Viljoen 2019)

Thoughts on Covid-19, food and urban design

One month into the Covid19 lockdown It is now a month since the UK went into lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Germany started a short while earlier and is now experimenting with a targeted relaxation of some measures. Nevertheless, we are all still socially isolating and no longer travelling, working patterns have…

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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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