Productive Urban Landscapes

Research and practice around the CPUL design concept

Berlin’s Community Garden Program goes live

On the 12th of September, Berlin’s first network evening “Berlin gärtnert [ Berlin is gardening]” took place at Prinzessinnengarten Hermannstraße. Many long-standing community gardening activists and new urban gardeners followed the invitation by the Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz [Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection] via its Plattform Produktives Stadtgrün, coordinated…

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At the vineyard of the Biotechnical School in Šempeter, students and researchers observe field of 10 rows of grapevine each planted with local varieties and treated differently. (source: Katrin Bohn 2022)

How to become an edible city: Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia

The Municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba (6,300 inhabitants) is located on the western edge of Slovenia, right next to the Italian border, only 150 km from Venice, and is characterised by vibrant green woodlands, vineyards, fields and meadows. The Vrtojba-Bilje knolls, along with a large part of the surrounding plains offer optimum conditions for viticulture, fruit farming,…

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Aerial of an urban agriculture project in Oslo (EFUA conference program 2022)

INVITE: Unlocking the potential of Urban Agriculture

On 29th March starts the two-day online FACTS Conference organised by the European Forum on Urban Agriculture (EFUA). The conference will collect, conceptualize and highlight local and global experiences of Urban Agriculture, starting from the perspective of Rome, thanks to a collaboration with the FAO. It aims to open the door to further networks and…

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2km of hedgerows have been reintroduced to Woodoaks Farm, . (source: Soil Association, video still, 2022)

Hedge planting at the Soil Association’s Woodoaks Farm

‘It takes a community to run a farm’, says Rose Lewis, programme manager at Woodoaks Farm, in a video published today by the Soil Association. Rose is one of many local residents who, last November, helped planting hedges at a new Soil Association farm, Woodoaks Farm in Hertfordshire. The Woodoaks hedge planting campaign had raised…

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The 9th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Group conference in Madrid formulated key aspects of the food system. (source: AESOP4FOOD www 2022)

AESOP4FOOD online course to start soon

Registration will open soon for this year’s online course on sustainable food planning. The course is part of the Erasmus+ project AESOP4FOOD (Action for Education, Spatial Organization and Planning for Sustainable Food) which aims to address sustainable food planning through a transdisciplinary and participatory approach. Starting from the evidence of serious gaps in knowledge and transformative…

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Katrin Bohn's chapter uses a Berlin food network project to illustrate thoughts on a meso perspective in urban design and planning. (source: Katrin Bohn 2021)

Thoughts on the importance of a meso perspective

We are pleased to announce the publication of a book chapter by Katrin in the book Urban Open Space +, edited by Carolin Mees and published by Jovis in October 2021. Subtitled Strategies in between architecture and open space planning, the bi-lingual publication (English/German) explores ‘commonly used and designed open spaces [as] anchor points in…

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The first stage of work compares the general characteristics of the two cities in relation to food. (source: UoB using material selected by City Team Carthage 2021)

City teams of Carthage and Sant Feliu de Llobregat meet to exchange on local food

Last week, the interdisciplinary teams of city officials, local food initiatives, research organisations and members of the public of Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Spain) and Carthage (Tunisia) met online to discuss the status quo of their local food systems. The meeting was co-led by researchers from the Institute of Organic Farming at BOKU University Vienna…

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Cover extract of one of the new titles in the Urban Agriculture Book Series (source: Springer www 2021)

Two new books in the Springer Urban Agriculture series

Seven years have passed since the first publication of the Springer Urban Agriculture Book Series in October 2014. We celebrate this with two new books: Teaching and Learning in Urban Agricultural Community Contexts and Research Approaches in Urban Agriculture and Community Contexts. The books are companion volumes, edited by the same team, and both of…

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Green space per inhabitant in Sant Feliu de Llobregat ranging from no (brown) via little to more (light to dark green) to a lot of green space (blue) (source: Adjuntament de Sant Feliu de Llobregat www 2021)

Mapping food opportunities in Sant Feliu de Llobregat

In September, Katrin Bohn and her team at the University of Brighton started their design research and consultancy with Spanish city Sant Feliu de Llobregat, located within the Barcelona metropolitan area [àrea metropolitana de Barcelona]. Aim of the work is to support the local council in its efforts to integrate food systems activities and productive…

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Aerial view of Carthage, today a borough of Tunis (source: University of Brighton and www 2021)

Supporting Carthage to become an ‘edible city’

Today, Katrin and her team at the University of Brighton began their consultancy and design research with the Tunisian City of Carthage in a first (online) co-design meeting. This Spring, we have joined the Carthaginian city team – consisting of local council representatives, research institutes and interested citizens – to co-develop with the local community…

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Student’s proposal for an urban farm and banqueting hall integrated into the U4 Centre in Vienna. The drawing shows from which redundant buildings materials have been sourced for use in this proposal. (source: Natalia Hryszko 2021)

Farming and banqueting in useless buildings: Part Two

As the summer School of Re-construction comes to an end, the participating students walk us through their design for the reconstruction of Vienna’s U4 office building to incorporate an urban farm and banqueting hall. ‘Even though we started our journey with a different building each, we chose to work collectively on the U4 centre in…

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The development of the Gemeinschaftsgarten-Programm is led by Undine Giseke and Lisa Reis (bgmr landschaftsarchitekten) and Carolin Mees (mees architecture). (source: bgmr 2021)

Interim presentation of Berlin’s Community Garden Program

Last Thursday, Berlin’s Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection [Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz] invited to the interim presentation of its Gemeinschaftsgarten-Programm [Community Garden Program]. The Community Garden Program is the next step in consolidating a future for Berlin’s more than 200 community gardens and closely linked to the Plattform Produktives…

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The plenary decided on the development of the food policy council's structure based on sociocratic principles. (source: Ernährungsrat Berlin www 2021)

Food Policy Council Berlin plenary elects new board and structure

On the 1st of July 2021, the plenary assembly of Berlin’s Food Policy Council [Ernährungsrat Berlin] took place online. Almost 70 people discussed and decided on two main issues, the election of a new board of speakers and the development of the Council’s organisational structure. On its website, the initiative informs about a successful election:…

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Cover page of the Ernährungsrat’s recommendations to state government for the development of the Brandenburg Food Strategy (source: Ernährungsrat Brandenburg www 2021)

LebensMittelPunkt concept becomes part of food strategy proposals in Germany

‘The German land of Brandenburg is to get a food strategy. That is what the county’s coalition agreement says.’ This March, Ernährungsrat Brandenburg, the food policy council of the land of Brandenburg, submitted its proposals for the strategy process to the state government. The paper is the result of a total of nine workshop discussions…

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Cover page of New York's newly released food policy plan (source: Mayoral Office of Food Policy New York City 2021)

First ever 10-Year Food Policy Plan for New York released

In the last week of March, the Urban Food Policy Institute at City University of New York (CUNY) hosted the Urban Food Policy Forum Food Forward NYC: Food Policy in New York City for the Next Decade and Steps toward Implementation. You may remember that, a few months ago, we reported on the Institute’s public…

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The community garden Peace of Land, one of the guest speakers at the launch event, presented not only its garden spaces but also its managerial structure. (source: Peace of Land 2021)

A community garden programme for Berlin

On the 3rd of March 2021, more than 100 people gathered online to kick-off a long-awaited project by Berlin’s Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection [Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz]: the participatory creation of the city’s first community garden programme. Organised and run by Berlin-based landscape architecture firm bgmr Landschaftsarchitekten with…

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A dessert produced in a Made in Hackney Vegan Baking Masterclass (source: The Jellied Eel www 2020)

H A P P Y _ N E W _ Y E A R _ 2 0 2 1 !

What a year has just passed! One of the few really positive aspects of it may be the time for reflection that it allowed, at least for us, here at the Productive Urban Landscapes blog. For the new year, we wish our readers benefits from some of your reflections, and we wish you health and…

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The Glasgow Declaration aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Glasgow Declaration www 2020)

Launch of the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration

On 14th December 2020, the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration was launched during a special webinar gathering cities and local authorities from across the world. In the run up to COP26 in Glasgow next year the Glasgow Declaration is a pledge and call to action by subnational, local and national governments to accelerate the development…

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Brighton & Hove's bid was submitted after a 5-year process involving multiple local stakeholders. (source: BHFP www 2020)

Gold Award success for Brighton & Hove

Congratulations! On 30th November 2020, national awards body Sustainable Food Places announced that Brighton & Hove has become the first in the UK to win a Gold Sustainable Food Place Award. ‘The award recognises the city’s outstanding achievements on a range of key food issues and most recently on tackling food poverty during the Covid-19…

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Because of the Covid-19-related impossibility to hold open elections, the election of the new board of representatives for Ernährungsrat Berlin had to be postponed. (source: Ernährungsrat Berlin 2020)

LebensMittelPunkte among topics of the plenary assembly of Ernährungsrat Berlin

More than 50 people participated in the plenary assembly of the Ernährungsrat Berlin [Berlin Food Policy Council] which was held online on the 28th of October 2020. Whilst the planned election of the new board of representatives could not happen within this online format, there were many points to discuss. Most importantly, the imminent action…

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