Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities (Paperback)
  • Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities (Paperback)

Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities (Paperback)

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Paperback 300 Pages / Published: 19/08/2014
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Winner of the 2015 RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University Located Research

This book is the long awaited sequel to "Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities".

"Second Nature Urban Agriculture" updates and extends the authors' concept for introducing productive urban landscapes, including urban agriculture, into cities as essential elements of sustainable urban infrastructure. It reviews recent research and projects on the subject and presents concrete actions aimed at making urban agriculture happen.

As pioneering thinkers in this area, the authors bring a unique overview to contemporary developments and have the experience to judge opportunities and challenges facing those who wish to create more equitable, resilient, desirable and beautiful cities.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415540582
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 862 g
Dimensions: 248 x 191 x 17 mm


"Second Nature Urban Agriculture is pretty extraordinary. If we are to create built environments which are `locked in' to the radically low carbon future we need to be creating, we really can't afford to build any new developments that don't include urban agriculture. It needs to be everywhere, and clearly at the moment that isn't happening fast enough. Viljoen and Bohn tackle this from a range of angles, and there is something here to inspire those anywhere along a spectrum from, at one end, wondering how to grow food where they live in a city, to, at the other, planners and designers wanting to undertake ambitious scale projects. Hard to recommend it highly enough." - Rob Hopkins, Founder of Transition Network and Transition Towns

"With "Second Nature Urban Agriculture" Andre Viljoen und Katrin Bohn achieved 10 years after "Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL)" a second milestone in the urban planning discourse around urban agriculture.

"Second Nature" describes the developments since CPUL (2005) and offers planners and designers - next to the continuation of the urban design ideas from 2005 - actual proposals aiding the planning process for urban agriculture.

What is noticeable in "Second Nature" is an understanding of CPUL as process. There is an urban design proposal showing how productive urban landscapes could look, but part of this proposal is also the design of those processes needed to anchor urban agriculture in the city. Bohn and Viljoen do not only visualise their ideas, they also illustrate graphically clear the processes they analysed." - Philipp Stierand (2014) at: Speiseraume: stadt/ernahrung (blog)

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