Urban agricultural practices and initiatives in built environments: case studies of Detroit and Singapore explored

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Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Making Cities Liveable Conference 2016 Pullman Melbourne on the Park Conference Proceedings Peer Reviewed, 2016, 1 (1), pp. 19 - 34 (15)
Issue Date:
2016
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Global communities are recognising the importance of integrating urban food production locally and adopting to agrarian lifestyles in cities. In this paper, review and analysis on three selected world cities: City of Vancouver, New York, and Hong Kong are conducted considering important factors of urban characteristics and practices, initiatives and performances of urban agriculture and a set of criteria is formulated. A comparative analysis of two case studies of different density cities: Detroit and Singapore is undertaken in detail based on this criteria developed. Evolving out of varying contexts and processes that have shaped urban agricultural movements in these cities, this research offers a unique insight into the lives of these two cities. Urban agriculture plays vital roles in world cities in sustaining and creating liveable and productive places and building community resilience. Outcomes suggest that functional processes and appropriate and well-aligned policies and strategies on urban food production linked to urban planning policies can transform cities and can create curative places for wellbeing and improved food security of residents. Involvements of government, private organisations, local councils, and residents would be essential for a successful long-term continuation of these practices. Future research should focus to strengthen transdisciplinary connections between health, planning and other disciplines.
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