COST Action Urban Agriculture Europe

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Time Period:
2012 to 2016

Involved Teaching Units

Urban Agriculture (UA) plays a key role in two global challenges: urbanization and food security. It can provide an important contribution to sustainable, resilient urban development and the creation and maintenance of multifunctional urban landscapes. In the globally emerging research field of UA, a European approach to the subject needs to be created. It has to integrate the unique European context regarding its urban and landscape pattern, the important role of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and the needs of the European society. For these reasons the Chair of Landscape Architecture has initiated the COST-Action Urban Agriculture Europe. At least 15 European Countries will cooperate to explore the potentials of Urban Agriculture in the European context. The COST-Action will foster the definition of a European approach on the basis of existing research projects and reference regions in the partner countries. The outcomes of the Action will help to focus future research on UA, modify the CAP and stimulate private and public activities in UA projects and planning. The Action will use an innovative approach crossing bottom-up and top-down methods, using the method of research by design and creating interfaces between the three methods. By working in close cooperation with regional stakeholders from the domains of urban development and agriculture the Action contributes to sustainable, resilient territorial development in Europe and aims for leadership in research on UA in developed countries. In March 2012 Prof. Dr. Frank Lohrberg has been elected Chair of the Action. Dipl.-Ing. Axel Timpe is a member of the Actions Steering Group. The first Working Meeting of COST UAE is to be held from 9th to 11th of July 2012 at RWTH Aachen University. Four Working Groups will focus on the following subjects:

WG 1: Urban Agriculture definitions and Common Agriculture Policy WG 2: Governance and local policies of Urban Agriculture WG 3: Entrepreneurial models of Urban Agriculture WG 4: Spatial Visions of Urban Agriculture

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