(www.citiesthemagazine.com), a platform for urban research based inAmsterdam, is exploring new approaches to the development of temporary urbanagriculture projects. Through the
Farming the City
initiative, CITIES is promotingviable food production and farming activities in non-typical urban locations, forexample ofﬁce or retail buildings, across stalled development sites, and in under-usedor abandoned urban parks, gardens and green spaces.
From challenge to opportunity
In response to economic and environmental pressures, innovative city administrationsare actively seeking temporary land and building uses that support the city and itspeople physically, economically and socially. Urban agriculture projects can bringpositive new life to the many unproductive urban voids that are mushrooming in ourcities, leading to better living environments and stimulating local economies.Through Farming the City, CITIES and the dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening ProeftuinAmsterdam is bringing together farmers, local communities, policy makers, academics,students, architects, designers, technologists, engineers, city users, commuters andtourists to trigger imagination and share knowledge, skills and ideas about urbanagriculture. By highlighting the range of innovative projects taking place around theworld, it aims to promote existing projects and to explore creative new ways of takingcity farming projects forward.The examples of urban agriculture shown in this exhibition are dividedinto three groups.
Typically, urban agriculture projects havebeen developed by local communities,for example produce markets, city farmsand garden allotments. An emergingnew public policy focused on communityengagement and local partnershipworking is creating new opportunitiesfor community-based projects to inspire,develop and prosper
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