Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL): Scattering the rural into the urban

  • Katrin Bohn (Presenter)

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


This public lecture was the Landscape Institute North East's "Annual Lecture 2018".
It is a great challenge for city regions that urban territories all over the world “scatter” urban (building) activities into the rural, thereby often absorbing fertile agricultural land. Land that was previously used for food growing, among other things.At the same time, the resulting "scattered metropolis" - or urban sprawl - provides much desired opportunities for residents and businesses. There are so many of them today, they are so keenly developed, yet can be so unpleasant and unsustainable, that our aim must be to rethink the current separatist notions of city and countryside, of urban and rural design. This is especially true in relation to food - one of the most fundamental needs of our cities, as well as one of the most fundamental products of our countryside. Paradoxically, most initiatives that challenge the loss of city-near agriculture and question contemporary food provision started in the urban. The CPUL design research is an example of this: it studies urban agriculture, the scattering of the rural into the urban.The lecture will examine issues and interdependencies when it comes to feeding our cities and the role urban and landscape design can play in their future. It will draw on examples from Bohn&Viljoen's design research practice.
Period23 May 2018
Held atLandscape Institute, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Urban agriculture
  • Urban-rural nexus
  • Urban sprawl
  • Scattered metropolis
  • Heidelberg