Productive Urban Landscapes

Research and practice around the CPUL design concept

Presentation of the results of one of the discussion tables by an urban gardener (source: Beatrice Walthall 2019)

First public presentation of the Platform Productive Urban Green

More than 30 people came to the first public presentation of “Platform Productive Urban Green – Design and planning of open green space” [Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün – Gestaltung und Planung des öffentlichen Grüns] which happened last week in Berlin’s Alte Zollgarage. After a brief welcome by a representative of Berlin’s (Germany) Senate Department for the…

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Bohn&Viljoen's Cuba exhibit at Hands On Urbanism (source: Elke Krasny 2013)

INVITE: On Critical Care for a Broken Planet, Lecture by Elke Krasny on 26th June

Professor Elke Krasny will be coming to the University of Brighton on 26th June to give a lecture titled  On Critical Care for a Broken Planet –Architecture and Urbanism beyond the Capitalocene, an event sponsored by the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics. In medical terms, critical care, also known as intensive care, is…

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Berries Feast and music come together in a neighbourhood event. (source: Spiel/Feld Marzahn www 2019)

INVITE: Berries Feast at Spiel/Feld Marzahn, Germany

It is already the 4th year that the community gardeners at Spiel/Feld Marzahn celebrate their traditional Beerenfest [Berries Feast] at the same time as the Berlin-wide Fête de la Musique. Gardeners, neighbours and friends are invited to an afternoon and evening of music (instruments and singing welcome!) at the Großes Beet [Big Bed] led by…

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The new Platform Productive Urban Green and its 1st key component, the website “Community Gardens”, are embedded into Berlin’s political, activists and administrative processes. (source: AG Stadt & Ernährung 2019)

Platform Productive Urban Green holds its 2nd participatory workshop, Germany

After its successful first stakeholder workshop towards the end of March, the Working Group City & Food [AG Stadt & Ernährung] invited a selected group of Berlin-based community gardeners to the 2nd workshop in this participatory process. Aim of this meeting was to present and discuss the current developments of the Platform Productive Urban Green,…

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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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Architect and food thinker Carolyn Steel refers to CPUL concept in her new article

“Food is the tissue of civilization, weaving cities and countries together. In her essay, architect and food thinker Carolyn Steel provides a powerful prompt for us to reconsider the geographic and societal interdependency of urban centers and food-providing ecosystems and to find a way to move beyond the perils of the modern industrial food complex.”…

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INVITE: A Productive Urban Green platform for Berlin, Germany

Today, the Working Group City & Food [AG Stadt & Ernährung], on behalf of Berlin’s (Germany) Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection [Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz], sent out an invitation to Berlin-based community gardeners to the first public presentation of “Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün“ – Gestaltung und Planung des öffentlichen Grüns…

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Berlin develops a charta for its urban green

Last week, Berlin’s (Germany) Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection [Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz] started the second round of a particiaptory online process aimed at the development of a charta for its urban green [Charta für das Berliner Stadtgrün]. The Charta contains concrete aims and guidelines for the development of…

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Andernach’s new EdiCitNet food growing site is being prepared. (image: City of Andernach 2019)

EdiCitNet working meeting in Germany’s first Edible City

EdiCitNet, the H2020 European innovation action project Katrin Bohn and André Viljoen are involved in, held a 4-day working meeting in Andernach, Germany’s first Edible City and partner in the project. Consortium members from 8 international cities as well as specialists met to present, discuss and develop ideas of how to integrate urban agriculture and…

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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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INVITE: First “Stammtisch” of the Food Policy Council Berlin, Germany

Please come to the “Stammtisch [Regulars’ Table]” of the Ernährungsrat Berlin [Food Policy Council Berlin] on Tuesday 23rd April from 6 pm at Vagabund Brauerei (Antwerpener Straße 3). Once per month, Berlin’s food policy activists meet in one of Berlin’s micro breweries for an informal gathering and exchange. If you don’t fancy a hand-brewed craft…

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INVITE: Start of the gardening season at Spiel/Feld Marzahn

The first seeds are already in the ground in the “big bed” at the Spiel/Feld community garden in Berlin’s northernmost borough of Marzahn-Hellersdorf. And in two days happens the community association’s first Spring meeting. Please be invited to the gardeners’ meeting of Spiel/Feld Marzahn e.V. this Wednesday, 10th of April 2019, at 4pm. We want…

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The Urban Agriculture Park borders several local (urban) neighbourhoods and consists of a patchwork of different fields owned and used by a multitude of stakeholders. (source: Bohn& Viljoen and IBA Heidelberg 2016)

Urban Agriculture Park Heidelberg: Council approves planning order

Good news! On the 28th March, Heidelberg’s City Council approached a review and planning order for the further joint development, with IBA Heidelberg, of the idea for an Urban Agriculture Park [Landwirtschaftspark] to the southwest of the city centre. In cooperation with the International Building Exhibition (IBA) and with the participation of the citizens, the…

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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…

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