Urban Farming

A Tool to Restructure the Urban Fabric

Key Words: Urban Farming, Planning, Urban Fabric

Food was once the primary element in planning the cities during former civilizations but now it is no longer taken into consideration in the city planning process. Food which is one of our basic necessities is no longer regarded as a fundamental component in the designing of a city but fortunately disciplines concerned with the urban realm have begun to understand its importance and it is gradually beginning to be recognized as a powerful factor in the planning of various urban systems.

In such a scenario, urban farming can be seen as the foundation for such design constructs. Food systems are responsible for ‘one third’ of human-caused greenhouse emissions. So by moving in food production spaces closer to the end users in the city, the emissions from land usage and supply chain can be reduced. Thus, urban farming carries a lot of significant value. It heralds a gradual return to the organic city by bringing cities closer to their food and also encouraging the preservation of open un-built land as productive zones within the city.

This thesis aims in understanding the role of food in the city in today’s times. It intends to re-emphasize this important relationship between food systems and the urban form and then use Urban Farming as a tool to restructure the city fabric.

Text & Image Credit: Keerthana Dhanesh | Urban Design | KRVIA 2022.

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