Urban agriculture up-scaled: economically and socially productive public green space

Zeunert, Joshua 2016, Urban agriculture up-scaled: economically and socially productive public green space. In Roggema, Rob (ed), Sustainable urban agriculture and food planning, Routledge, Abingdon, Eng., pp.107-125.

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Title Urban agriculture up-scaled: economically and socially productive public green space
Author(s) Zeunert, Joshua
Title of book Sustainable urban agriculture and food planning
Editor(s) Roggema, Rob
Publication date 2016
Series Routledge studies in food, society and environment
Chapter number 7
Total chapters 15
Start page 107
End page 125
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, Eng.
Keyword(s) Technology & Engineering
Summary 'Space is fundamental in any form of commnunal Life; space is fundamental in any exercise of power' (Foucault & Rabinow, 1984: 252). Public green space has the potential to provide one our last remaining free sources of access to open land, clean air, vegetation, water and soil within the urban realm. In most developed countries, this space - due to complex, interconnected legacies of enclosure, privatisation, population growth, urbanisation and 'modernisation' - typically exists as controlled, contrived, scenic picturesque landscapes, unavailable for forms ofcivic, productive and generative activities at scale, such as public urban agriculture. Narrow assessment of green space's on-going financial and maintenance costs fail to recognise wider gains (such as physical and psychological wellness, increased property value , decreased crime rates) (Maller, 2002· Woolley, 2004; Sherer, 2006) and despite attempts, studies that present financial benefits of green spaces have not yet managed to stem the tide of budget cut and reduced spending. Perhaps more importantly, income-generating strategies within public green spaces have not been sufficiently explored. Such approaches could help to develop more convincing arguments analogous with the measurement metrics and quantitative language threatening green space's optimisation and survival. By 'up-scaling' public green space's productive capacity within an ethical framework, we have the potential to greatly enhance social and environmental performance - shifting the existing paradigm from passive to active, consumptive to generative and centralised to collective.
ISBN 9781315646039
Language eng
Field of Research 120508 Urban Design
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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