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The Food Urbanism Initiative (FUI)

English title The Food Urbanism Initiative (FUI)
Applicant Verzone Craig
Contact person Verzone Craig
Number 130601
Funding scheme NRP 65 New urban quality
Research institution Verzone Woods Architectes
Institution of higher education Companies/ Private Industry - FP
Main discipline Architecture and Social urban science
Start/End 01.11.2010 - 31.10.2013
Approved amount 576'955.00
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All Disciplines (4)

Discipline
Architecture and Social urban science
Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences
Economics
Agricultural Engineering

Keywords (20)

urban agriculture; micro-farming; food cycles; food economy; sustainability; food security; urban intensity; public space; multifunctional landscape; architecture and food; community development; urban densification; urban renewal; parametric design; urban ecology; economic development; social equity; ecological footprint; urban design; community supported agriculture

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
Lay summary
The Food Urbanisme Initiative

Contexte
Plus de la moitié de la population mondiale vit aujourd'hui dans des espaces urbains. La croissance continue des villes met toujours plus les paysages entourant les agglomérations sous la pression de l'extension périurbaine. Parallèlement, la consommation alimentaire augmente avec la croissance démographique.
Il est dès lors nécessaire de repenser la relation entre l'approvisionnement et l'urbanisme pour maintenir la qualité de vie dans les villes, pour garantir les systèmes urbains d'approvisionnement et pour protéger l'environnement.

But
La FUI étudie l'urbanisme suisse actuel et le potentiel qu'iul aurait pour intégrer une production agricole. Elle vise à concevoir des stratégies d'aménagement à plusieurs niveaux (bâtiment, quartier, ville) et à développer des directives d'urbanisme combinant harmonieusement la vie citadine et la production alimentaire et permettant des solutions économiques et écologiques.
La FUI est accompagnée par des urbanistes, des architectes et des architectes paysagistes. Elle s'appuie sur des scientifiques travaillant sur une large palette de thèmes de recherche, de l'agriculture à l'ère numérique. Elle analyse les situations urbaines existantes, les systèmes de production agricoles, les questions d'opinion sur la consommation ainsi que la politique agricole et d'aménagement du territoire. Les nouveaux concepts d'aménagement qui se fondent sur cette analyse doivent prendre place dans l'urbanisme, l'architecture, l'aménagement du paysage et le débat public.

Portée
Les projets visant à promouvoir une agriculture urbaine ont besoin d'être soutenus, développés et expérimentés: la FUI entend contribuer à ce nouveau champ de recherche. Considérés séparément jusqu'à maintenant, mais complémentaires, les deux domaines de l'approvisionnement alimentaire et de l'urbanisme doivent engager un dialogue constructif, de façon à enrichir la relation complexe entre l'agriculture et la ville et à déboucher sur de nouvelles stratégies en faveur de la qualité urbaine.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Publications

Publication
Food Urbanism Initiative: rénovation et acupuncture urbaine
Woods C. Schwarz J. (2013), Food Urbanism Initiative: rénovation et acupuncture urbaine, in Collage, 1/13, 11-11.
Food Urbanism Modeling
Patt Trevor (2013), Food Urbanism Modeling, in ACADIA 2013: Adaptive Architecture, 399-400.
Concevoir un paysage urbain productif
Woods C. Schwarz J. (2012), Concevoir un paysage urbain productif, in Les Cahiers de l'Aspan (Tracés 20), Agriculture Urbain, 11-13.
Food Urbanism Initiative, en faveur de la nouvelle qualité urbaine
Woods C. Schwarz J. (2012), Food Urbanism Initiative, en faveur de la nouvelle qualité urbaine, in Les Cahiers de l'Aspan (Tracés 20), Agriculture Urbain, 9-10.
The Food Urbanism Initiative
Verzone Craig (2012), The Food Urbanism Initiative, in André Viljoen and Johannes S.C. Wisker (ed.), Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, 517-531.
De l'agriculture urbaine au Food Urbanism: état des lieux et perspectives pour la Suisse
Verzone Craig Dind Jean-Philippe (2011), De l'agriculture urbaine au Food Urbanism: état des lieux et perspectives pour la Suisse, in Urbia, Agriculture urbaine(12), 137-159.
Population’s attitude towards urban agriculture: a case study in Lausanne
Haller Therese Crole-Rees Anna, Dumondel Michel (2011), Population’s attitude towards urban agriculture: a case study in Lausanne, in Yearbook of Socioeconomics in Agriculture, 201-223.
Food Urbanism Initiative – ein interdisziplinäres Projekt im Rahmen des NFP 65
Haller T. Crole-Rees A. Dumondel M., Food Urbanism Initiative – ein interdisziplinäres Projekt im Rahmen des NFP 65, in Jahrestagung 2011 der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Agrarwirtschaft und Agrarsoziologie.
Scenario Modeling for Agonistic Design
Patt Trevor Huang Jeffrey, Scenario Modeling for Agonistic Design, in 2014 Proceedings of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design.
The Food Urbanism Initiative (FUI)
Heitkämper K. Crole-Rees A. and Bertschinger L., The Food Urbanism Initiative (FUI), in Agrarforschungs Schweiz.
Urban agriculture: an opportunity for farmers? A Swiss case study
A. Crole-Rees K. Heitkämper and L. Bertschinger, Urban agriculture: an opportunity for farmers? A Swiss case study, in Symposium on Horticulture in Europe 2012, Angers, France.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
SUAN - Swiss Urban Agriculture Network Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Intelligence for Humanity (IfH) Switzerland (Europe)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Association of European Schools of Planning AESOP 6th Sustainable Food Planning Conference Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
ONA Werk 11 Talk given at a conference NRP 65 Designing and promoting new urban quality 23.11.2013 EPF Zurich, Switzerland Heitkämper Katja;
Association of European Schools of Planning AESOP 5th Sustainable Food Planning Conference Talk given at a conference The Food Urbanism Initiative - Design Research Results 28.10.2013 Montpellier, France Verzone Craig;
Landworks - Realizing Landscape Installations Workshop Individual talk The Food Urbanism Initiative - Parallel Design Research 29.05.2013 Parco della Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy Verzone Craig;
International Colloquium on the Contribution of Urban Agriculture to Future Megacities, Casablanca Talk given at a conference The Food Urbanism Initiative - Urban Quality, Strategies and Exploratory Design 01.03.2013 Casablanca, Morocco Verzone Craig;
Association of European Schools of Planning AESOP 4th Sustainable Food Planning Conference Talk given at a conference The Food Urbanism Initiative - Strategic Sites and Parallel Design Research 01.11.2012 Berlin, Germany Verzone Craig;
Atelier Ortelli - Lecture for bachelor's design studio Individual talk The Food Urbanism Initiative - Tools for new urban quality 02.10.2012 EPF Lausanne, Switzerland Verzone Craig; Schwarz Jessalyne;
International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2012), Research for Global Transformation Talk given at a conference The Role of Urban Agriculture in the Developing Metropolis 21.08.2012 Bern, Switzerland Verzone Craig;
Landworks - Realizing Landscape Installations Workshop Individual talk L3 - Landworks landscape laboratory (testing the visual identity of heavy-metal phyto-remediation with edible plants) 21.05.2012 Parco Geominerario, Sardinia, Italy Verzone Craig;
RE-FARMING BEIJING: Parametric Food Urbanism in Peri-Urban China, Organicité Masters Studio Individual talk The Food Urbanism Initiative - Typologies 14.03.2012 EPF Lausanne, Switzerland Verzone Craig;
Changement Climatique & Biodiversité, Programme Master Day Talk given at a conference The Food Urbanism Initiative 25.11.2011 Athenaeum Europe - Ecole d’architecture et design, Lausanne, Suisse, Switzerland Woods Cristina;
Association of European Schools of Planning AESOP 3rd Sustainable Food Planning Conference Talk given at a conference The Food Urbanism Initiative - Urban Typologies 28.10.2011 Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Verzone Craig;
Growth Typologies, Lausanne - Organicité Masters studio Individual talk The Food Urbanism Initiative - Reference Projects and Urban Approaches 12.10.2011 EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland Verzone Craig;
The Food Urbanism Sessions, International Federation of Landscape Architecture IFLA Annual Congress Talk given at a conference Session organizer 27.06.2011 Zurich, Switzerland Verzone Craig;
Lecture, Politiques territoriales intégrées : vers une agriculture urbaine ? Individual talk The Food Urbanism Initiative - FUI Atlas 16.05.2011 Université de Lausanne, UNIL, Suisse, Switzerland Verzone Craig;
2011 Spring Lecture Series Individual talk Interventions 31.01.2011 Shanghai Study Centre, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture , China Verzone Craig; Woods Cristina;
Landscape + Cultural Heritage Lecture Individual talk Preserving and Constructing Value in an Evolving Territory 28.01.2011 The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture, Hong Kong, China Woods Cristina; Verzone Craig;
Association of European Schools of Planning AESOP 2rd Sustainable Food Planning Conference Talk given at a conference The Food Urbanism Initiative 01.11.2010 University of Brighton, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Verzone Craig;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Horticulture for the 21st Century Workshop 11.11.2013 Headquarters of the Leibniz Association, Berlin, Germany, Germany Bertschinger Lukas;
3ème Congrès ville-énergie-mobilité 20.03.2013 BernEXPO, Bern, Switzerland Woods Cristina;
International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration IFPRA Europe Congress 2012 05.09.2012 Building and Traffic Department of Canton Basel City Rittergasse 4, Basel, Switzerland Verzone Craig;
2nd Symposium on Horticulture in Europe 01.07.2012 Saint Serge University, Angers, France, France Heitkämper Katja;
Annual conference of the Swiss Society for Agriculture Economics and Rural Sociology, The Image of Agriculture in the 21st Century (Jahrestagung der Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Agrarwirtschaft und Agrarsoziologie SGA; Thema der Tagung: Das Bild der La 31.03.2011 Morat, Suisse, Switzerland Haller Therese;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
FUI Stakeholder Workshop - Proposed Pilot Project & Toolkit Evaluation 07.10.2013 EPFL, Switzerland
FUI Stakeholder Workshop - Proposed Pilot Project Evaluation 23.09.2013 EPFL, Switzerland
The Food Urbanism Initiative - Design Workshop 25.08.2013 Rougemont, Switzerland
The Food Urbanism Initiative - Proposed Pilot Project Discussion 19.03.2013 Service de l'urbanisme, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Food Urbanism Initiative - Pilot Project Programming Workshop 18.03.2013 Rougemont, Switzerland
The Food Urbanism Initiative - Ingredients Workshop 21.12.2012 Rougemont, Switzerland
Presentation of FUI Project at internal colloque of Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil 26.04.2012 Wädenswil, Suisse, Switzerland
FUI Stakeholder Workshop 30.03.2012 EPFL, Switzerland
The Food Urbanism Initiative - Proposed Pilot Project Presentation 30.05.2011 Lausanne Service de l'urbanisme, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Interview with Fritz Haeg Terragrams - Delivering the landscape International 2014
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Interview with Mia Lehrer Terragrams - Delivering the landscape International 2014
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Interview with Mona Talbott Terragrams - Delivering the landscape International 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Festival de la terre, 2011 Western Switzerland 2011

Abstract

The Food Urbanism Initiative (FUI) aims to examine the overall impact of food on urban design and to study the potential of new architectural and landscape strategies for the integration of food production, processing, distribution and consumption in the contemporary Swiss city. The study proposes to examine the existing fabric of the city in terms of its potential for incorporating urban agricultural initiatives. It also intends to develop design strategies at multiple scales (building, neighborhood and city) and policies for future urban development that integrate both city life and food production cycles into a more harmonious coexistence that is socially, economically, and environmentally responsible. As the majority of the world’s population moves to the city, much of the prime farmland surrounding the planet’s urban areas is being consumed by low density peri-urban development. At the same time, the need for food to feed the urban population increases. In order to maintain the quality of life in our future cities, secure urban food systems, and protect the broader global environment, the relationship between food and the city must be drastically re-envisioned.Change, however, is not easily mandated. Deeply embedded preconceptions favor urban “landscapes of leisure” over “landscapes of production” and cultural, residential and commercial activities over agricultural activities. Economic feasibility for urban agriculture, perhaps the biggest obstacle, can only be neutralized when a non-quantitative value system is incorporated in the decision making. Furthermore, the lack of obvious fertile terrain limits solutions. Finally, Food Urbanism is a subject that has a wide and disparate target audience which, though harder to reach at first, may in the end may provide the greatest momentum towards implementation.Using a careful analysis of existing urban conditions, agricultural systems, project precedents, public attitudes, and legislative policies, through environmental assessment, advanced data analysis and visualization techniques to spatialize this data, the FUI assesses and factors the benefits, costs, risks and potential returns of each of these initiatives and their implications and opportunities for the larger Swiss food production sector. By focusing on the cultivation of vegetables, fruits and berries and the raising of small animals, all suitable for small plots, the FUI looks to develop urban food production methods that go well beyond traditional allotment gardening thereby increasing agricultural awareness among the urban population, elevating the quality of urban life while at the same time reducing the consumption of the rural territory. This research is conducted by principals involved in the theory and practice of architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture, as well as researchers engaged in the fields of agricultural science and economics. A key product of this collaboration is a Food Urbanism Atlas, an information portal codifying and describing design strategies and urban operations created to promote the Food Urbanism Initiative in addition to an ambitious program of target audience outreach. By engaging these two disparate yet essential fields in constructive dialogue so as to examine the complex relationship between farming and the city the FUI seeks to enrich both while producing new strategies for urban quality.
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