Human behavior

Urban farming to enliven urban spaces!

How can we create a restful, edible city and take care of it as a self-organized community?

Imagine: everyone could be a farmer and a farm could be anywhere. Create a system for citizens and groups to use urban space for food production. Avoid conflicts between production and other claims and build a reliable, long lasting community-run system.
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Challenge description

In Zurich, space is a precious and finite good. Many citizens are keen to get involved in urban farming activity and produce their own food. Yet with the limited space, it is not always possible to meet this desire.

Today, food production is possible in family gardens, community gardens and similar spaces specifically reserved for farming and gardening activities. However, one could use other spaces as well. For example, roofs, rest-areas, and even grey spaces can be co-used for urban farming. How could we bring together the citizens' needs and the requirements of the city? Moreover, how can citizen engagement in urban farming become a lasting and caring community-run system?

Challenge vision

Focus on the combination of urban spaces and urban farming activities in a community-run system. Possible solutions could focus on:

  • What are the needs of the citizens? How can we implement the needs?
  • What are realistic spaces for co-using and what are the synergies in relation to climate, co2, etc.?
  • How do other cities approach this topic?
  • How do these types of urban farming look like? New forms of production?
  • What does a sustainable community look like (organization, self-organized, bottom up
    or top-down)

Download material

Aim of the city Zürich: innovative solution approach of synergies between urban farming (needs of the citizens) and a possible temperature reduction, biodiversity and a C02-compensation. Additional Infos: Grünflächeninventar (Stadt Zürich Webseite), AV-Daten Flächen Dächer

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