Emergent approaches to urban gardening

Silvio Caputo, Eva Schwab, Kostas Tsiambaos, Mary Benson, Hervé Bonnavaud, Neslihan Demircan, Tim Delshammar, Frederico Meireles, Nerea Morán, Jeanne Pourias

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This chapter provides an overview of the latest trends of urban allotment gardens from a typological and spatial standpoint. It identifies urban dynamics behind the emergence of new ways to approach urban gardening, both as an activity and its spatial manifestations. The chapter presents a description of such emergent approaches, and discusses their cross-cutting and common characteristics, identifying the spatial implications for the urban context. Food from the Sky is a community-based organization which, in partnership with a supermarket in North London, constructed a permaculture community garden on the rooftop of the supermarket, selling produce on its shelves. Lack of availability of suitable urban land and difficulties in establishing a constructive dialogue with local authorities with regard to its provision can lead to the use of interstitial urban spaces for gardening practices. Looking at the guerrilla gardens, a strong parallel can be seen with the more institutionalized UAGs types in terms of occupation of underused land.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Allotment Gardens in Europe
EditorsSimon Bell, Runrid Fox-Kämper, Nazila Keshavarz, Mary Benson, Silvio Caputo, Susan Noori, Annette Voigt
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781138588967
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2016


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