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Pursue Social and Ecological Sustainability Through Urban Foraging: Design for Foraging: Plantarum, a Digital Mapping Platform
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Design. Linneuniversitetet.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Food production and food consumption have been shown to have a great impact on

our ecosystem. Human beings have been exploiting the planet in order to feed

themselves. This will have negative consequences for future life on the planet. Modern

food production and consumption are among the main causes of natural resource

exploitation and the problem is very likely to increase. Indeed, during the past thirty

years, the global population has grown exponentially by almost one billion every

decade, and it is still growing at the same pace. This demographic explosion means

that dramatic shifts in the production and consumption of food will be required.

Working with food is a great chance to achieve or at least lead towards a condition of

recovering, understanding the world around us and managing our natural resourcesÅ.

Increasing control and efficiency in food production and consumption cannot solve

the problem. There is a much broader spectrum of causes contributing to the ecological

decline. It is necessary to look beyond the technological and economic aspects. It is,

therefore, necessary to focus on cultural and behavioural causes, promoting the

involvement of local peopleÇ.

With this in mind, this research explores the potential of urban foraging for generating

social consciousness about ecological sustainability using design as method of

intervention, and involving food consumers in the process of production and

consumption of food in a more sustainable way. In order to do that, this research

focuses on a small scale urban foraging project. In this case, by food, I refer to

spontaneous food that grow in the natural urban environment of Växjö, and that can

be used as a resource for citizens.

In summary, this research aims to promote the involvement of local people and to

support knowledge exchange in order to pursue socio-ecological sustainability.

Engaging with more participants, the research gains the capacity of addressing

complexity in a more coherent manner, and use its outcome as a usable resource for

the local community that aims to promote its self-sustenance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations
Keyword [en]
Food production, food consumption, urban foraging, design for foraging, socio-ecological sustainability
Keyword [it]
Produzione cibo, consumo cibo, foraggiamento cittadino, design per foraggiamento, sostenibilità socio-ecologica
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Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-66814OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-66814DiVA: diva2:1120303
Subject / course
Design
Educational program
Design, Master Programme, 120 credits
Presentation
2017-05-19, 06:45 (English)
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Available from: 2017-07-12 Created: 2017-07-06 Last updated: 2017-07-12Bibliographically approved

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