Urbanising in Place

Farmers and food growers can play a role in managing the urban food-water-energy nexus. Process of urbanization today disable the metabolic agency of urban food growers.

This projects seeks to define components of an “agroecological urbanism”: a model of urbanisation which places food, metabolic cycles and an ethics of land stewardship, equality and solidarity at its core.

Working with communities of practice in Rosario, Riga, Brussels and London, the project will identify ways of structuring urbanization that value proximity, account for the reproduction of nutrients and soils, mobilize technologies and decommodifi ed value chains in order to keep the control over resources localised.

Results and outcomes

8 building blocks of an agroecological urbanism

The 8 building blocks is a way of speaking about reality that as of today only exists in fragmented form. The blocks try to name missing relations and areas of articulation that identify ways in which urban conditions could be transformed in order to build supportive context for agroecological food production and agroecological farms. These building blocks will be connected to a modular online resource, demonstrating the practical application of each block to one of the project’s cities, which will be available soon at the following link: www.agroecologicalurbanism.org

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Urbanising in Place – Building the Food-Water-Energy Nexus from Below
Duration: 2018–2021
Internet: http://urbanisinginplace.org/
Contact: Prof. Michiel Dehaene, Ghent University
E-mail: michiel.dehaene@ugent.be
Budget: 1.124.416 €
Partners: Ghent University, Coventry University, Art Academy of Latvia, Sampling, URBEM, Architecture Workroom Brussels, Universidad Nacional de Rosario and CONICET, Wageningen University, Quantum Waste Ltd, University of Sheffi eld, Shared Assets




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