Urban farming and its relation to Public Space: Theorizing the potential for strengthen the urban life in Hallonbergen, Sweden
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
With more than half of the worlds population living in urban areas and a great increasing to be expected in the coming decades, we need to develop our approach to planning urban environments. The public space will probably have to be used by a greater concentration of people, and it is therefore necessary to be able to ensure that our public spaces meets people’s demands. In this thesis I want to see if Urban Farming can help to improve the urban life in public areas. An approach is taken to view urban farming from a perspective where the food production is not in focus, but rather how it can create an opportunity for social interaction for people, both participants and observers. This is because, according to my theoretical perspective can promote urban life and the process of social sustainability. Through a study of previous research and literature on the subject can previous experiences of urban farmings social impacts and relation to the public life be distinguished. Three interviews have been conducted, all with different actors related to urban farming, in order to form a picture of how the working with urban farming occurs and own experiences from different levels of the society. In the thesis is also a conceptual design proposal included. The design area is located in Hallonbergen, Sweden. To form an understanding for the public life in the area a survey of the inhabitants assumptions of their neighborhood and analysis have been performed. It is concluded that the inhabitants in Hallonbergen experiences several social problems in their habitat. In relation to experiences from the literature and the expert interviews, it can be concluded that it is highly likely that a urban farming would be to the benefit of social interaction between the tenants. Which according to the theories will improve the urban life in public places. In the process of social sustainability is key factors defined, social equity and community sustainability. The research can conclude that previous experiences and research indicates that urban farming can have a strong impact on these. Conclusions of the thesis hopes to bring a new perspective on the effects from urban farming, where an understanding of the social qualities can be at the center instead of food production.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 129 p.
Urban Design, Urban Farming, Sustainable development, Social sustainability, Hallonbergen, Stockholm, Sweden
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
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