Designing food efficient urban forms

ICMS Pty Ltd., Australia
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Conference Proceeding
UPE 10 Next City: Planning For a New Energy & Climate Future, 2013, pp. 332 - 346
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By 2030, two third of the world's population will live in urban areas. Due to land transformation to urban development and other competing land uses (such as biofuel production etc.), availability of agricultural land for food production will decrease significantly. If the cumulative open land areas locked within urban developments could be put to productive use, they could contribute immensely towards achieving a sustainable food future. An appropriate design of urban form efficient in accommodating spaces for growing local food would be essential. This paper reviews and compares selected national and international best practice examples of urban forms that are self-sufficient in growing local food and the related policies. This study builds on author's previous research on local food and presents a new precinct scale case study in Sydney systematically analysing the typologies of food production spaces available considering different density developments within the existing urban form. The research outcomes discuss how the existing patterns of the built environments could be retrofitted and designed to accommodate food production spaces enhancing liveability, sustainability, improved public health and food security. Finally, this paper provides recommendations on the potential local food policy areas that need be considered within different types of urban environments.
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