Seminar Topic 1

Food Urbanism as a theory argues that food, rather than anything else, is more capable of organising the city and enhancing the urban experience. This however is a rather bold and provocative statement, which might make a first time listener quite uncomfortable, but why not? What would a city and the urban experience be like if food was the primary organising force? Food Urbanism is a relatively new theory which delves into finding out how food relates to the organization of a city and how it becomes infrastructure that transforms the urban experience. Food Urbanism is defined by experts as the study of food as a fundamental aspect of a city, the study of how food relates to the economic, political, social and cultural environments of a city, and the study of how food imprints on the built environment. According to experts a concept of Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes is a practical tool for the implementation of food urbanism in present day context. “Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL) is a design concept advocating the coherent introduction of interlinked productive landscapes into cities as an essential element of sustainable urban infrastructure. The concept of CPUL provides a strategic and associative framework for the theoretical and practical exploration of productive landscapes within contemporary urban design. It describes the vision for a sustainable urban future based on the planned physical and societal introduction of continuous productive urban landscape into existing or emerging cities.” Through this seminar I would like to explore the concept of Continuous Productive Urban Landscape, its scope, feasibility and practical difficulties (if any) in Indian context. An understanding of its potential to become a tool and or mechanism to sustainable growth in urban communities and how it helps in the creation of multi-functional open urban space networks that complement and support the built environment is intended as an outcome of the study. Ultimately the claim of urban food systems having a potential of creating environmentally, socially and economically productive communities and if so the various methodologies to do so, will also be assessed in detail.

Preferred Guide:

Dr. Anil Kumar P. P Dr. Naseer M. A Ar. Smitha G

R.Sairam B080269AR

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