“Cultural dimension of urban agriculture” report: Further case studies

This is the third and final extract from Professor Raffaella Laviscio’s report, “Cultural dimension of urban agriculture”.  To read the introduction, a review of the research methodology and an earlier case studies for this report click on the following posts –“Cultural dimension of urban agriculture” – Prof. Raffaella Laviscio, Politecnico di Milano, and  “Cultural dimension of urban agriculture” report: Case Studies”

Earlier this year, Landscape Interface Studio of the School of Architecture and Landscape, Kingston University  hosted Adjunct Professor Raffaella Laviscio of the Dept.of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering at Politecnico di Milano to complete research for a Short Term Scientific Mission Report for *COST – Action Urban Agriculture Europe. COST is supported by the EU Research and Technological Development Framework programme.  The aim of the Cost programme is to develop a common European approach to urban agriculture in a spatial context that, according to local opinions and standards, is categorized as urban on the basis of existing research projects and reference regions in the partner countries.  It is hoped that outcomes of the Action – including Raffaella’s report – will help to focus future research on Europe’s urban agriculture (UA), modify the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and stimulate private and public activities in UA projects and planning.

(* for further information on COST – Action Urban Agriculture Europe see footnote below)

Case study: Surrey Docks Farm, London

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Case study: Forty Hall Farm, Middlesex

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*  COST Action Urban Agriculture Europe Urban Agriculture:

(UA) plays a key role in two global challenges: urbanization and food security. It can provide an important contribution to sustainable, resilient urban development and the creation and maintenance of multifunctional urban landscapes. In the globally emerging research field of UA, a European approach to the subject needs to be created. It has to integrate the unique European context regarding its urban and landscape pattern, the important role of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and the needs of the European society. The COST-Action Urban Agriculture Europe (UAE) will initiate the definition of this European approach on the basis of existing research projects and reference regions in the partner countries.

The outcomes of the Action will help to focus future research on UA, modify the CAP and stimulate private and public activities in UA projects and planning. The Action will use an innovative approach crossing bottom-up and top-down methods, using the method of research by design and creating interfaces between the three methods. By working in close cooperation with regional stakeholders from the domains of urban development and agriculture the Action contributes to sustainable, resilient territorial development in Europe and aims for leadership in research on UA in developed countries

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