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Designing Urban Agriculture: A Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes

ISBN: 978-1-118-07383-4
288 pages
April 2013
Designing Urban Agriculture: A Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes (1118073835) cover image

A comprehensive overview of edible landscapes—complete with more than 300 full-color photos and illustrations

Designing Urban Agriculture is about the intersection of ecology, design, and community. Showcasing projects and designers from around the world who are forging new paths to the sustainable city through urban agriculture landscapes, it creates a dialogue on the ways to invite food back into the city and pave a path to healthier communities and environments.

This full-color guide begins with a foundation of ecological principles and the idea that the food shed is part of a city's urban systems network. It outlines a design process based on systems thinking and developed for a lifecycle or regenerative-based approach. It also presents strategies, tools, and guidelines that enable informed decisions on planning, designing, budgeting, constructing, maintaining, marketing, and increasing the sustainability of this re-invented cityscape. Case studies demonstrate the environmental, economic, and social value of these landscapes and reveal paths to a greener and healthier urban environment.

This unique and indispensable guide:

  • Details how to plan, design, fund, construct, and leverage the sustainability aspects of the edible landscape typology
  • Covers over a dozen typologies including community gardens, urban farms, edible estates, green roofs and vertical walls, edible school yards, seed to table, food landscapes within parks, plazas, streetscapes and green infrastructure systems and more
  • Explains how to design regenerative edible landscapes that benefit both community and ecology and explores the connections between food, policy, and planning that promote viable food shed systems for more resilient communities
  • Examines the integration of management, maintenance, and operations issues
  • Reveals how to create a business model enterprise that addresses a lifecycle approach
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Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Food Cities: Ecology + Urban Agriculture 1

Lafayette Greens, Detroit 1

Bar Agricole, San Francisco 10

City Slicker Farms, Oakland 13

Viet Village, New Orleans 29

Big City Farms, Baltimore 38

Chapter 2 Planning Strategies for Urban Food Systems 41

Prairie Crossing, Grayslake 41

River Falls Eco Village, River Falls 51

Verge Sidewalk Garden, Charlottesville 75

Scent of Orange, Chongqing 80

Chapter 3 Vision, Synthesis, and Form 87

Villa Augustus, Dordrecht 87

Miller Creek Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen, San Rafael 104

2001 Market Street, San Francisco 109

Gary Comer Youth Center, Chicago 117

Chapter 4 Systems Integration and Connections 133

Medlock Ames Wine Tasting Room, Healdsburg 133

Our School at Blair Grocery, New Orleans 144

Incredible Edible House, prototype 156

Science Barge, Yonkers, New York 167

Banyan Street Manor, Honolulu 177

Chapter 5 Lifecycle Operations 181

Die Plantage, Munich 181

MUSC Urban Fram, Charleston 191

Riverpark Farm, Manhattan 202

VF Outdoors Campus, Alameda 209

Sacred Heart Organic Garden, Atherton 218

Slow Food Nation Victory Garden, San Francisco 224

Chapter 6 Outreach and Community 227

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta 227

Urban Food Jungle, prototype 235

Expo 2015, Milan 239

Alemany Farms, San Francisco 250

P-Patch Gardens, Seattle 253

Glide Church, San Francisco 259

Gotham Greens, Brooklyn 261

Bibliography 267

Image credits 271

Index 273

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APRIL PHILIPS, RLA, FASLA, is founder and principal of April Philips Design Works, an award-winning Bay Area firm that specializes in landscape architecture and urban ecology. Her notable projects include Union Square, Santana Row, Peet's Coffee and Tea Roasting Facility, 2001 Market Street, VF Outdoor Campus, and Oakland Memorial Park. Her recent work includes the incorporation of urban edibles and increasing habitat in the urban realm.

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June 03, 2013
Designing Urban Agriculture: A Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes

In the past quarter century, food production has been pushed to the periphery of the city. Today the trend is to connect it back to the heart of the city and grow food in urban centers. This resurgence is in response to concerns about rising food prices, food miles, and the environment. Wiley today announced the publication of Designing Urban Agriculture: A Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes(Wiley, 978-1-118-07383-4, May 2013, US $75.00), a framework of information to aid in the creation of urban agriculture landscapes that promote ecological biodiversity and social sustainability.

         This photo-rich, full-color guide begins with a foundation of ecological principles and the idea that the food shed is part of a city's urban systems network. It outlines a design process based on systems thinking and developed for a lifecycle or regenerative-based approach. Designing Urban Agriculture also presents strategies, tools, and guidelines that enable informed decisions on planning, designing, budgeting, constructing, maintaining, marketing, and increasing the sustainability of this re-invented cityscape. Case studies demonstrate the environmental, economic, and social value of these landscapes and reveal paths to a greener and healthier urban environment.  This unique and indispensable guide covers:

  • Over a dozen typologies including community gardens, urban farms, edible estates, green roofs and vertical walls, edible school yards, seed to table, food landscapes within parks, plazas, streetscapes and green infrastructure systems and more
  • How to design regenerative edible landscapes that benefit both community and ecology
  • The connections between food, policy, and planning that promote viable food shed systems for more resilient communities
  • Integration of management, maintenance, and operations issues

                The twenty-first-century sustainable city requires the merging of urbanism with sustainable food systems. The design strategies for agricultural urbanism are about re-inviting food back into the city and reconnecting people with their local and regional food systems to promote a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.  Designing Urban Agriculture is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a list of retailers, visit www.wiley.com and for additional information, please watch the book trailer.

About the Author

APRIL PHILIPS, RLA, FASLA, is founder and principal of April Philips Design Works, an award-winning Bay Area firm that specializes in landscape architecture and urban ecology. Her notable projects include Union Square, Santana Row, Peet's Coffee and Tea Roasting Facility, 2001 Market Street, VF Outdoor Campus, and Oakland Memorial Park. Her recent work includes the incorporation of urban edibles and increasing habitat in the urban realm. Visit April’s blog: http://apdwblog.wordpress.com

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