Productive Urban Landscapes

Research and practice around the CPUL design concept

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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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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Extract of the flyer advertising the seed exchange at Allmende-Kontor (source: Allmende-Kontor 2020)

INVITE: Resistance with distance! Seed exchange and joint film this Friday

Urban gardeners in Germany embrace new opportunities to allow the gardening seasion to start during the current corona pandemic. Please feel free to join them this Friday 17th April 2020 for two events: At 7pm, the “joint film watching” of O´pflanzt is – 6 Jahre Gemeinschaftsgarten happens on Zoom using these entry details: Meeting-ID: 734…

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The 'Trames Vertes', a mosaic connecting green spaces in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, based on the CPUL concept (source: Hamidou Baguian Municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso 2013)

Food for Cities group: Conversations about Covid 19

It is impossible not to think about the influence the coronavirus pandemic has and could have on food systems and the relationships between urban and rural areas. A great deal of proactive, critical and inspiring discussion is underway between academics, practitioners, policymakers and activists worldwide. It reflects the urgency to fight against food insecurity and…

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The Werkstatt of Haus der Statistik on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin (source: Haus der Statistik www 2020)

INVITE: Food and Logistic in the House of Statistic in Berlin

The association ZUsammenKUNFT Berlin eG invites to its 7th Thematic Evening on Thursday 12th March from 6 – 8pm in the Werkstatt Haus der Statistik, Karl-Marx-Allee 1 in Berlin. The 7th Thematic Evening is dedicated to the theme Food and Logistic in the House of Statistic. Background for the event is that the House of…

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The journal Blue-Green Systems published a special issue including papers of this COST Action group. (source: Blue-Green Systems www 2019)

COST Action Circular City convenes in Istanbul

Last week, the European members of COST Action 17133 Circular City: Implementing nature-based solutions for creating a resourceful city met at Aydin University in Istanbul, Turkey, for their 3rd Annual General Meeting. The network of European researchers has grown again, now comprising not only representatives from all (!) 39 COST countries but also international observers…

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Professor Uma Kothari, chair of the conference, introduces the theme of this year’s event. (source: RGS www 2020)

Joint abstract accepted for the Annual International RGS Conference

It is our pleasure to announce that our joint abstract, submitted to the Annual International Conference organised by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with IBG under the theme Borders, borderlands and bordering has been accepted. Our joint paper by Ferne Edwards (RMIT), Katrin Bohn (UoB) and André Viljoen (UoB) is part of the panel Food…

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Cover of Bohn & Viljoen's chapter in the volume Achieving sustainable urban agriculture, edited by Johannes Wiskerke (source: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing www 2020)

Building continuous productive (peri-)urban landscapes: New book chapter out

An invited book chapter by André Viljoen and Katrin Bohn, titled Building continuous productive (peri-)urban landscapes, has been published last week in a new book edited by Prof Johannes Wiskerke of Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and published by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing. This volume, titled Achieving sustainable urban agriculture, reviews research on building urban and…

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The Wynd, a pedestrianised retail and artisan-workshop street in the centre of Letchworth, is lined with two rows of fruit trees. (source: Katrin Bohn 2020)

How do we showcase the Garden City of the Future?

This is one of the central questions that a local team of city representatives, food activists and design researchers explored during last week’s two-day working meeting in Letchworth, UK. Joined by Vic Borrill, Brighton&Hove Food Partnership, and André Viljoen and Katrin Bohn, University of Brighton, as their consultants, the local team discussed visions for (food-)productive…

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Mapping food and its producers in an urban district in the City of Cologne, Germany, as part of the DQE urban generation project Urbane Agrikultur in Köln-Ehrenfeld. (source: Dirk Melzer 2011)

Paper accepted for Anthropology and Geography conference

Katrin Bohn will be presenting at the Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present, and Future conference in London later this year. Her abstract was accepted for the panel Mapping the Edible City: Making visible communities and food spaces in the city which she is also co-convening with Dr Ferne Edwards (RMIT), Prof Andre Viljoen (University…

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The Breast Milk of the Volcano by Unknown Fields, panellists with Smout Allen and Katrin Bohn (source: Unkown Fields www 2016-8)

INVITE: “Designing from a depleted world” at the Royal Academy of Arts in London

On Monday 27th January 2020, 6.30 — 8pm, the second public panel discussion accompanying the RA’s Eco-Visionaries exhibition will take place at the Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The panellists, including Katrin Bohn, reflect on the impact of human action on Earth’s depleting resources and discuss…

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Map of Berlin showing urban agriculture projects with an educational focus from the exhibition CarrotCity and Die Produktive Stadt. (source: FG Stadt & Ernährung (Prof. Bohn) TU Berlin, 2011)

Conference panel “Mapping the Edible City” attracts highest number of submissions

We are pleased to announce that our conference panel to this year’s Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present, and Future conference did attract the highest number of submissions of any of the proposed panels! This shows not only that “the urban food question” has secured an important place as a subject of research and critical…

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Resource streams in urban metabolism. This diagram, drawn for the participatory PHVision project in Heidelberg, shows how food and the food system are located as part of other resource streams into and out of the city. (source: Katrin Bohn with Rachel Shotliff 2016)

New paper on urban agriculture published !

As part of COST Action Circular City, Katrin Bohn has co-published a new paper on urban agriculture as a keystone contribution towards sustainable cities in the journal Blue-Green Systems by IWA Publishing. The paper contends that ‘research and practice during the last 20 years has shown that urban agriculture can contribute to minimising the effects…

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Preston Park Demo Garden, one of the visited projects and Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s first spatial intervention in Brighton. (source: Brighton & Hove Food Partnership www 2019)

Letchworth Garden City team visits Brighton food provision projects

This Monday, Vic Borrill (Brighton & Hove Food Partnership) and Katrin Bohn (University of Brighton) welcomed visitors from Letchworth Garden City to the City of Brighton & Hove. As part of the Horizon2020 innovation action project EdiCitNet, the Letchworth team came to study community food projects in Brighton many of whom are linked to the…

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International delegates and Nerima City officials drafting the declaration. (source: André Viljoen 2019)

Publication of the Urban Agriculture World Summit Declaration 2019

André Viljoen was one of the international guests invited to attend the 2019 World Urban Agriculture Summit hosted by the Mayor of Nerima City in Tokyo. Building on the earlier pre-summit in November 2018 and following an intensive exchange of ideas on best practices and visits to some of Nerima’s extensive urban agriculture sites, the…

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From the project brochure of the project Rural Urban Nexus – Global Land Use and Urbanisation that Christoph Kasper presented (source: Umweltbundesamt www 2016)

The CPUL concept proved popular among conference presenters

With great interest did Katrin listen to fellow presenters at the 9th international conference of the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Group which was held two weeks ago at the Universidad Politecnica in Madrid. Mostly attending the conference track “Agroecological urbanism”, we would like to capture here a number of papers presented that explicitly linked to…

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Positioning the paper's subjects - greenways and CPULs - within key green infrastructure types and concepts (source: Katrin Bohn and Dong Chu 2019)

Paper presentation at the 9th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference

Katrin Bohn presented their joint paper written with Dong Chu at the 9th international conference of the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Group held at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in Spain from the 6th to the 9th of November 2019. Researchers, practitioners, students and guests from all over Europe and further afield came together to discuss…

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Aerial drawing showing the extend of urban sprawl in Kigali, Rwanda (source: Rapid Planning project www 2019)

Katrin Bohn convenes researchers-experts-audience colloquium on urban food

Under the seducing name “Tasty Cities”, the Fachgebiet Landschaftsarchitektur. Freiraumplanung [Department Landscape Architecture . Open Space Planning] led by Prof. Undine Giseke held a day of presentations and discussions on urban food systems at the Technical University in Berlin. Starting off from a Global-South perspective, aim of the colloquium was to converge knowledge gained in…

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A pomologist at work during the Apple Fête 2018 identifying apple varieties that participants brought from their allotments and back gardens. (source: Michael Plögert 2018)

INVITE: Come to the Apple Fete this Saturday 19th October in Berlin !

You are invited to the “Apfelfest” on Saturday 19th October, from 1pm to 5pm at the Gartenarbeitsschule Borkzeile in Berlin-Spandau. Since 4 years, the LebensMittelPunkt Spandau [a word play on ‘food hub’] is supporting the Gartenarbeitsschule Spandau [garden work school, an environmental practice and education centre] in Berlin in its annual public Apple Fête. The…

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Extract from the Urbal project’s website (source: Urbal www 2019)

Urbal: Urban-driven innovations for sustainable food systems

Last week, Katrin Bohn participated in a workshop of the international research project Urbal: Urban-driven innovations for sustainable food systems. Urbal uses participatory research in eight cities to develop and test a holistic methodology to map the impact pathways that go from urban innovations to all dimension of sustainability of food systems. More than 35…

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