Productive Synergies in the City

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    The chapter focuses on the development of sustainable growing infrastructure in the city at two scales. Firstly the development of a large-scale city wide fuel productive landscape through the development of algae arrays in Liverpool and their connection through urban agriculture systems to develop a closed-cycle food and energy system where waste is food and secondly a hyper-localised neighbourhood food production system in Salford UK that utilises a closed cycle aquaponic system to re-invigorate an urban food desert.

    The author develops a three-part model for the implementation of urban agriculture based on hardware (the technological system), software (the biological components) and interface (the links to food and other social networks). The conclusion being that it is possible to develop urban agriculture in cities if their implementation is seen as a process, rather than a static design. Also that as the benefits of such systems are wider than purely the physical outputs of the system in terms of energy and food, and thus we should re-evaluate the purely economic model of appraisal to include these.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWhy we need small cows: ways to design for urban agriculture
    EditorsRob Roggema, Greg Keeffe
    Place of PublicationWageningen
    PublisherVHL University Press
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Print)9789082245110
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2015


    • Urban Agriculture
    • urban design
    • resilience
    • Sustainability


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