Gardening the City: Addressing Sustainability and Adapting to Global Warming through Urban Agriculture

Abstract : This article envisions urban agriculture as a solution to address global warming by decreasing the urban heat island effect while also addressing many other urban sustainability issues, such as multi-functionality, creating new commons, amenities and ecosystem services, reinventing urbanity, encouraging community building by growing local food, and enhanced water management. This article examines how urban design and planning can promote this solution to reconfigure more sustainable and resilient cities. A crucial aspect is that urban planning should evolve from its traditional prescriptive form to adaptive planning. An important point in adaptive planning is that anybody concerned should be associated with the decision-making process, which requires the involvement of citizens in the decisions that affect them.
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Francois Mancebo. Gardening the City: Addressing Sustainability and Adapting to Global Warming through Urban Agriculture. Environments, MDPI, 2018, 5 (3), pp.38. ⟨10.3390/environments5030038⟩. ⟨hal-02018282⟩

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