Food Efficient Planning and Design for Peri-Urban Neighbourhoods

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Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities, 2016, 1, 72 pp. 367 - 385
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Peri-urban areas are the strategically most important emerging built environments that need to integrate appropriate food efficient design and planning. This chapter aims to understand food responsive design and form specific characteristics of new residential neighbourhoods in peri- urban areas. A review of three key food urbanism approaches was conducted. Two international master planned community case studies from the United States of America (USA) that apply ‘Agrarian Urbanism’ principles were analysed. A small scale residential neighbourhood case study in Sydney, Australia was redesigned to test applicability of these principles as identified through the review and analysis. Results from these case studies, emphasise the importance of protecting land in the peri-urban locations. Appropriate design and planning approaches can contribute significantly. Developing a strong a evidence base; understanding community aspirations; formulating appropriate planning policy and recognising trandiscplinary connections of food efficient design and planning would be vital for building resilient communities of the future.
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