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Research interests

Katrin Bohn teaches and researches sustainable architecture and urban design with a focus on urban food production. Much of her design research deals with the relationships between urban space and food-productive urban landscape and bridges the gaps between environmental design thinking, urban space production and sustainable lifestyles.

Since the UK's first urban agriculture conference Urban Nature (2001), co-curated by Bohn, she has contributed widely to conferences, publications, exhibitions and design and policy debates, both nationally and abroad. As an internationally recognised urban agriculture expert, she has also been advising on national and international research, policy documents and pioneer projects. Her work has been quoted by the UN and UNESCO and has influenced urban planning in the UK, as well as worldwide.

 

Scholarly biography

Katrin Bohn is an architect, urban practitioner and academic. Her main research interests lie in sustainable architectural and urban design and centre around the concept of CPUL City (Continuous Productive Urban Landscape) which she developed within Bohn&Viljoen Architects since around the year 2000. This work reached a first international breakthrough in early 2005 with the publication of the book Continuous Productive Urban Landscape: Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities (Architectural Press).

In 2014, Bohn, with André Viljoen, published a companion volume, Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing productive cities (Routledge) which, in 2015, won the prestigious 'RIBA President's Award for Outstanding university-located Research'. Her work features dominantly in the world's most comprehensive case study collection of urban agriculture designs, the Canadian-based Carrot City Project (2009 ongoing).

Bohn studied architecture at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany (Diploma in Architecture), the University of East London (MSc in Architecture) and the Ecole d'Architecture de Nantes, France (DAAD Scholarship). Since 1998, she runs a London-based architectural practice and environmental research consultancy with André Viljoen (Bohn&Viljoen Architects). Before this, she trained in architectural practices in Germany, Brazil, France and Britain, including work for Jourda & Perraudin (Lyon) and Stefan Schrodt Architekten (Berlin).

Prior to teaching at the University of Brighton, Bohn taught architecture at London Metropolitan University. She has also given numerous lectures and workshops for all levels of study at universities and independent academic institutions in the UK, Europe and worldwide. Early in 2010, she was appointed a guest professor at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany, where she set up and ran the Department City & Nutrition at the university's Institute for Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning until the end of 2014.

As a practising architect, Bohn has been involved in architectural and urban design projects mostly located in Britain and Germany, of which some won national awards. She has developed urban agriculture proposals for many local authorities and public bodies such as the Greater London Authority (2004), Middlesbrough Council (2006-7), London Festival of Architecture (2008), the Berlin Senate (2011-14) and the IBA Heidelberg (2015 ongoing).

Supervisory Interests

Katrin Bohn is a registered PhD supervisor. Her supervisory interests correspond to her design research in productive urban landscapes, focussing on urban agriculture and the urban food system. She welcomes proposals exploring issues of scale, diversity, temporality and the everyday within the above named subject area. Katrin is associated to the four PGR programmes Architecture & Design, Built Environment, Ecology and History of Art & Design.

Currently, Katrin is the academic advisor in the School for our Visiting Researcher Dr. Dong Chu from the College of Design and Arts of Harbin University of Commerce, China.

Knowledge exchange

Awards and Prizes

2017: 'Kurze Wege für den Klimaschutz [Short Ways to Climate Protection] Award' awarded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety for LebensMittelPunkt Spandau [with the community initiative and 1 local partner]

2016: '1st prize Schulgartenwettbewerb [school garden competition]' awarded by the Berlin Borough of Marzahn-Hellersdorf for Spiel/Feld Marzahn (educational work) [with the community garden association and 1 local partner]

2016: 'Community Garden Award' awarded by the anstiftung&ertomis Foundation for Spiel/Feld Marzahn [with the community garden association]

2015: 'RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research' awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects UK for Second Nature Urban Agriculture

2014: 'AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Network Award' awarded by the AHRC UK for Urban Transformations [with an international team]

2014: 'Umweltpreis [Environmental Prize] Marzahn-Hellersdorf' awarded by the Berlin borough of Marzahn-Hellersdorf for Spiel/Feld Marzahn [with the Department City&Nutrition at TU Berlin and 2 local partners]

2014: 'Contribution to the UN World Decade of Education for Sustainable Development' awarded by the UNESCO (German Commission) for Spiel/Feld Marzahn (publications) [with the Department City&Nutrition at TU Berlin]

2013: 'Faculty Strategic Research Award' awarded by the University of Brighton for Spiel/Feld Marzahn

2012: 'Aktionsraum+ Implementation Award' awarded by the Senate of Berlin for Spiel/Feld Marzahn [with the Department City&Nutrition at TU Berlin]

2011: 'Aktionsraum+ Pilot Project Award' awarded by the Senate of Berlin for Spiel/Feld Marzahn [with the Department City&Nutrition at TU Berlin]

2010: 'Creative Campus Award' awarded by the Creative Campus Initiative Consortium for Unlocking Spaces

2009: 'National Lottery Beacon Award' awarded by The National Lottery for Harvest Brighton & Hove [with a University-of-Brighton team]

2009: two student prize winners in the 'Student Design Competition' awarded by Abbey Santander [taught with Anuschka Kutz at the University of Brighton]

2008: student Marcel Croxson shortlisted for the 'RIBA Bronze Medal' [taught with Colin Priest at the University of Brighton]

2008: 'Small Grants for Sustainable Food for London' awarded by the London Development Agency for The Continuous Picnic [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects]

2008: 'Arts Council Grant' awarded by The Arts Council England for The Continuous Picnic [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects]

2008: 'Creative Small Grants Award' awarded by the London Borough of Camden for The Continuous Picnic [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects]

2008: 'Brief Encounters Networking Research Award' awarded by the University of Brighton for The Edible Campus [with a University-of-Brighton team]

2007: student Konstantinos Chalaris 1st prize winner in 'Sustainable Tourism Student Competition' awarded by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) [taught at the University of Brighton]

2007: runner-up for 'Best University-located Research Award' awarded by the Royal Society of British Architects (RIBA) for The CPUL Design Concept [with André Viljoen]

2006: 'Proyecto Batiscafo: International Residency in Havana' awarded by the Triangle Arts Trust for Utilitarian Dreams Havana

2006: 'British Council Award' awarded by The British Council for The Utilitarian Dreams Project [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects]

2005: 'FRSF New Ideas/Innovation Fund' awarded by the University of Brighton for Utilitarian Dreams Havana [with André Viljoen]

2005: 'Digital Moving Image Award' awarded by the Arts Council (Lighthouse Programme) in partnership with CINECITY for Utilitarian Dreams Brighton [with a group of British and Cuban architects and artists]

2004: 'FRSF New Ideas/Innovation Fund' awarded by the University of Brighton for Thames Gateway

2003: 'Widening Participation Award' awarded by the University of Brighton for Youth Shelters

2002: 'Student Field Trip Award' awarded by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects [taught with André Viljoen at the University of Brighton]

2002: 'Community Champions' awarded by the Scarman Trust for Paper Cubes [with Babett Hellmann]

2000: 'Best Refurbished Community Building' awarded by the Empty Homes Foundation for CUE Community Centre and Tea House London [with LEARN at London Metropolitan University]

2000: 'Blueprint Residential Building of the Year 2000' awarded by Blueprint Magazine for Greenwood House London [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects]

1999: 2nd prize in the 'Europan 5 Architectural Competition' for ElastiCity Sheffield [with André Viljoen and a team]

1994: entry selected for travelling exhibition in the 'Photovoltaics in the Built Environment Competition' [with a fellow-students team]

Juries, committees and expert advice

2014 (ongoing): member of the advisory board of the Taste of Heimat Association aiming for better urban-regional food exchanges in Cologne, Germany

2014 (ongoing): founding member of the Stadt & Ernährung Working Group aiming for a 'Food Policy Council for Berlin', Germany

2012 (ongoing): book (proposal) reviewer for Routledge, architectural / urban design publisher, UK

2010 (ongoing): steering committee member of the 'Sustainable Food Planning Group' of the Association of European School of Planning (AESOP), Europe

2009 (ongoing): founding member of the 'Urban Performance Group' at the University of Brighton [group later transformed]

2015-6: expert evaluator of the national scientific report 'Naturkapital Deutschland – TEEB DE (2016)' to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

2015: jury member in the international competition 'European Award for Ecological Gardening 2015', run by the Association "Natur im Garten" and the European Garden Association, Austria and Europe

2012-4: steering committee member and evaluator to the 'Food Urbanism Initiative', funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and led by Verzone Woods Architectes, Switzerland

2012-3: adviser and evaluator to the 'R-Urban' research project, funded by the French Ministry of Ecology and led by atelier d'architecture autogeree (aaa), France

2011-2: examiner for the 'Sparkling Science Bids' programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research, Austria

2011-2: adviser to the 'Olympic Legacy Development' overseen by the London (Olympics) Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), UK

2011: co-curator of the international art and architecture exhibition 'Die Productive Stadt / Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture' at the Architekturmuseum Berlin, Germany

2010-11: adviser to the expert workshops 'Leitbild Grünes Berlin' of the Senate of Berlin's Urban Development Department, Germany

2009-10: co-organiser for the '2nd AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference' of the Association of European School of Planning (AESOP) in Brighton, UK

2009: member of the steering committee to the 'Agriculture and Growing Food in London' research at the The London Assembly's Planning and Housing Committee, Greater London Authority, UK

2009: invited fellow of the 'Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (RSA)', UK

2008: adviser to the 1st expert meeting 'Renaturation as a strategy of sustainable urban development' of the German Federal Ministry for Building and Regional Planning in Bonn, Germany

2008: adviser to 'Growing Food for London', London's 1st urban agriculture conference, organised by SUSTAIN The Alliance for Better Food and Farming, UK

2007-8: member of the 'London Festival of Architecture 2008' urban food events planning group for new london architecture, UK

2006-7: consultant to the commissioning team DOTT 07 (Designs of The Time) for the 'Urban Farming Project Middlesbrough', UK

2004: consultant to the 'London Green Grid' Eastern expansion planning for the Greater London Authority, UK

2003-5: elected member of the 'Building Sub-Committee' of the Copleston Community Centre London, UK

2001: steering committee member to 'Urban Nature', the 1st UK conference on urban agriculture held at London Metropolitan University, UK

1999-2005: environmental consultancy [with Bohn&Viljoen Architects] for various architectural and engineering practices and for private clients, including Ash Sakula Architects, Building Structures Workshop, Lucy Annan Architects and others.

Education/Academic qualification

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Nantes

University of East London

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, University of Plymouth

20152016

Professor, Technical University of Berlin

20102014

Visiting Lecturer, University for the Creative Arts

20092010

Architect / Urban practitioner, Bohn&Viljoen Architects

1998 → …

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Projects 2018 2023

Research Output 2000 2018

Designing food-productive greenways for suburbs

Bohn, K. & Chu, D., 12 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

food
landscape ecology
ecosystem service
social participation
suburb

Eat the view: Eine Essbare Terrasse für das Kunstgewerbemuseum

Translated title of the contribution: Eat the view: An edible terrace for the KunstgewerbemuseumBohn, K., May 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputDesignResearch

Berlin
Gardening
Warfare

Eat the view: Eine Essbare Terrasse für das Kunstgewerbemuseum

Translated title of the contribution: Eat the view: An Edible Terrace for the KunstgewerbemuseumBohn, K., 17 May 2018, Food Revolution 5.0: Gestaltung für die Gesellschaft von morgen. Banz, C. & Kemmer, N. (eds.). Dortmund: Verlag Kettler, p. 44-47 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Eat
Urban Landscape
Terraces
New Beginning
Exhibition Catalogue

Grundlagenstudie Landwirtschaftspark Heidelberg: Positionsbestimmung - Potentialanalyse - Empfehlungen

Translated title of the contribution: Fundamental report for the Urban Agriculture Park Heidelberg: Determining its position - Analysis of its potential - RecommendationsWascher, D., Stokman, A. & Bohn, K., 15 Feb 2018, 69 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

urban agriculture
den
recommendation
analysis

Produktive Stadt: Gestaltung und Planung des öffentlichen Grüns

Translated title of the contribution: Productive City: Productive City: Design and planning of public green spacesBohn, K. & Walthall, B., Dec 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputWeb publication/siteResearch

planning conception
planning
senate
urban planning
Berlin

Activities 2010 2019

Five facts about food mapping / How we map opportunities

Katrin Bohn (Presenter)
7 May 20198 May 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

Continuous Productive Urban Landscape: Scattering the rural into the urban

Katrin Bohn (Presenter)
29 Apr 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Initiative Green Firewalls

Katrin Bohn (Consultant)
2019

Activity: Consultancy

Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Die Gestaltung produktiver Stadtlandschaften

Katrin Bohn (Presenter)
27 Nov 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

COST Action Implementing nature-based solutions for creating a resourceful circular city (External organisation)

Katrin Bohn (Member)
22 Oct 201821 Oct 2022

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesRepresentation of University on boards and bodies