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A productive urban landscape
A productive urban landscape

Contemporary global food supply network: food security at stake
Contemporary global food supply network: food security at stake

Food production system within city, improving the microclimate with trees
Food production system within city, improving the microclimate with trees

Green space can adapt cities for climate change
Green space can adapt cities for climate change

Fruit and vegetable production combined with recreation
Fruit and vegetable production combined with recreation

On top of the A9 motorway
On top of the A9 motorway

Spatial division by building blocks and trees
Spatial division by building blocks and trees

Everyone can help!
Everyone can help!




PROJECTINDEX
 
CROPROAD PARK
Wageningen Universiteit en Researchcentrum
LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Implementation of urban agriculture in post-industrial cities
Croproad Park represents research-by-design into the implementation of urban agriculture in post-industrial cities. Half the world’s population now lives in cities. With ongoing urbanization and the industrialization of agriculture, the countryside is transforming into a consumption landscape; production is no longer the main issue. Cities currently depend on import, energy and transport for their food supply. A global network leaves consumers ignorant of production systems, environmental issues and natural processes. Moreover, a demand for change in landscapes is caused by the predicted fluctuations in global climate. Biophysical features of greenery in urban areas offer potential to help adapt cities for future change. Combining green space with a production system increases the meaningful complexity of urban fabric. Our focus lies on a motorway route in Amsterdam, separating different neighbourhoods in the south-east borough. The tunnel that is proposed to enlarge road capacity suddenly creates space in the area, and offers possibilities for a new type of urban development. The primary goal of this project is to create an urban landscape in which food can be produced while recreation is also included. With the involvement of citizens, the new production park should function on both neighbourhood and city scale. Connections are vital: for the integration with the existing urban fabric, for relinking to infrastructure, which is also necessary to distribute the produce, for recreational routes, and for good ecological conditions. The study proposes a framework that implements routing with a closed cycle organic vegetable production, safeguarding a pleasant microclimate and including housing, situated to improve the existing neighbourhoods while equally benefiting from the new park. Dynamics and natural rhythms play an important role in the park. The landscape processes are considered a counterbalance to fast urban processes, and will contribute to establishing a better living environment.