Based on April Philips' upcoming book, Designing Urban Agriculture (Wiley & Sons, April 2013), this one hour webinar will address how urban agriculture landscapes play an important part in making the connection between food, health and ecology.
THINKING IN SYSTEMS: HOW URBAN AGRICULTURE AND SYSTEMS ECOLOGY CAN RESHAPE THE CITY
As the world becomes an urban world there is an urgent need to rethink urban systems as ecological systems. Our ideas about biodiversity, equality, livable infrastructure and sustainability have to grapple with the City and urban ecologies. Designing urban agriculture provides designers, ecologists, and planners a key role in expanding the dialogue on the ways to invite food back into the city as an integral part of the city’s green infrastructure web. Linking food to our urban environments in a lifecycle design approach is a critical starting point to envisioning more resilient cities and communities.
Additionally, these urban agriculture landscapes play an important part in making the connection between food, health and ecology. This presentation includes a discussion on how the integration of a systems thinking approach refocuses decisions on relationships, connectedness and context.
ABOUT APRIL PHILIPS
April Philips, FASLA, is a landscape architect, artist, lecturer, and author. She is founder of April Philips Design Works, an award winning landscape architecture and planning firm whose work focuses on a fusion of nature, art, and technology. With deep roots in sustainability and a regenerative landscape ideology, her recent studio work investigates the intersection of food, design and ecology in urban landscapes. April was one of the founder’s within ASLA of The Sustainable Sites Initiative and provided key input to ASLA’s Designing Our Future’s Sustainable Landscapes animation series for The Edible City. Her book Designing Urban Agriculture – a Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes is being published by John Wiley & Sons and will be available April 2013.