Roles of a roof top garden in enhancing social participation and urban regeneration in Sydney CBD.

Publisher:
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
RICS COBRA AUBEA 2015, 2015, pp. np - np
Issue Date:
2015-07-10
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Urban food production on the rooftops in denser urban areas could recreate lost productive green spaces and could provide meaningful places for social interaction and sustainable practices. With a funding support from City of Sydney’s Environmental Grant Programme, a rooftop garden was established for University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) staff members and students on a UTS Student Housing building located in the Sydney CBD. This paper aims to explore aspirations, motivations and expectations of UTS staff and student members in an institutional setting and at an early setting up stage of this garden. Semi-structured interviews had been conducted with the UTS staff and student members to understand their views. Outcomes suggest in this workplace rooftop garden, participants expect to grow food; create important social networks to initiate community building and engagement; share new knowledge and gardening practices and have important access to nature in a workplace or in an institution. Converting vacant and suitable roof spaces of institutional buildings into rooftop gardens have significant potential to contribute to a positive urban regeneration process in denser environments. Institutional supports and appropriate policies would be essential for the uptake.
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