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2019-Jun-04 : Congratulations on the acceptance for AESOP Food Planning Conference 2019
Congratulations to Dong Chu and Katrin Bohn for the acceptance of their paper abstract for the 9th international AESOP Sustainable Food Planning conference! This conference on Agroecological transitions confronting climate breakdown: Food planning for the post-carbon city will be hosted by GIAU+s and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain) on the 7-8 November 2019.

Dong and Katrin’s contribution is working titled ‘Food-productive infrastructure: Enabling agroecological transitions from an urban design perspective’. Here some extracts from our abstract:

The concept of agroecological urbanism has the potential to leave behind the traditional divide between the rural and the urban and between urban and agrarian industries, whose many interlinked environmental costs have long been overlooked. The recently published Summary for Policymakers by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made it very clear: the negative impact of industrialised agriculture on climate change is paramount (IPCC 2018)...
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The 9th international conference of the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Group focusses on the concept of agroecology. (image: AESOP SFPG www 2019)
... It is time to build a complex relationship between the urban and the suburban and the rural, a relation that is progressive spatial design and ecological process a the same time thereby constructing sustainable closed-loops applicable to agricultural production.
In this paper, we put forward the proposal for urban planners and designers to finally put aside compartmental thinking and join forces in order to find practical and desirable solutions towards more sustainable urban food systems. Selecting – from a variety of existing infrastructural concepts – the spatial landscape typology of the Greenway as our example, we suggest a “food-productive greenway” theoretically based on the design concept of
Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL) (Viljoen 2005) and aiming at expanding the ecological capacity of traditional greenways by reorienting them towards food production and urban food system provision. […]


For further information see the conference's own website.

For information on the AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Group see here.

* This post has been created by Dong Chu for the blog Productive Urban Landscape Research.