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Eating the landscape: aesthetic foodscape design and its role in Australian landscape architecture

conference contribution
posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Joshua Zeunert
This paper explores the relevance of 'Aesthetic Foodscape Design' (AFD) to current and future social and environmental challenges and argues for its integration into Australian landscape architectural design practice. It focuses on contemporary research into the fields of AFD and sustainability, AFD's potential role, challenges to AFD's realisation and current project work. AFD aims to contribute to overcoming the urban disconnection from growing food and also to increase awareness of food production and systems. AFD seeks to create edible landscapes in highly visible public and civic locations and encourage ongoing participation in the growing and sharing of food. AFD sets out to embed edible plant species in the core planning palette of landscape architects and designers. It calls for design and spatial exploration of edible plant species in landscape architectural practice. Ultimately, AFD endeavours to create aesthetic, edible, public spaces that delight users. This paper is intended as a general introduction to raise many of the relevant challenges to implementation of AFD encompassing aesthetics, risk, knowledge, process and maintenance. AFD, if successfully realised, provides potential environmental, social, economic and health benefits to participants and to the wider sphere. This paper aims to briefly capture a divergent range of areas and does not cover the aforementioned areas in detail but rather presents a general introduction in an Australian urban design context.

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Event

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. National Conference (2011 : Brisbane, Queensland)

Series

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Conference

Pagination

1 - 34

Publisher

[Australian Institute of Landscape Architects]

Location

Brisbane, Queensland

Place of publication

[Braddon, A.C.T.]

Start date

2011-08-11

End date

2011-08-13

Language

eng

Publication classification

E Conference publication; E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Copyright notice

2011, Joshua Zeunert

Editor/Contributor(s)

[Unknown]

Title of proceedings

AILA 2011 : Papers from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Conference

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