Social aspects of institutional rooftop gardens

John Wiley & Sons
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Green Roof Retrofit Building Urban Resilience, 2016, First, pp. 189 - 215 (27)
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Rooftop gardens have a long history dating back many centuries. In the contemporary context, the rooftop garden reflects a concern for the natural and built environments in terms of sustainability, community, and food production. The aim of this chapter is to explore the social aspects of rooftop gardens by examining mainly two Sydney inner-city rooftop gardens in Australia: University of Technology Sydney, an educational institution in Ultimo and 107 Projects, a permaculture garden part of a multidisciplinary creative space in Redfern as well as eight rooftop gardens in different universities from other parts of the world. Through interviews, sensory ethnography, and comparative analysis, this chapter highlights that rooftop gardens in different types of institutional settings revolve around shared interests in growing food as well as a shared ethos on creating community links in the workplaces and beyond.
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