Agriculture in urban design and spatial planning

Andre Viljoen, Johannes Schlesinger, Katrin Bohn, Alex Drescher

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This refereed chapter was commissioned by the long-established international RUAF Foundation ( and the international Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems ( supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the international CGIAR research consortium. The book containing the chapter is conceived as a decennial "state of the art publication" on international developments in urban agriculture. The authors' chapter presents an overview of developments and drivers affecting intra- and peri-urban agriculture and draws on current research by the authors in relation to the integration of agriculture into urban and city-region land use planning and the design of urban spaces for and with agriculture. Citing exemplary practice from the Global North and South, as well as emerging themes identified in an international Arts and Humanities Research Network led by Viljoen and partnered by Bohn (, it presents an international perspective on this rapidly transforming practice, referencing spatial and policy impacts. The chapter addresses a multidisciplinary international audience spanning practitioners, researchers and policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCities and agriculture: Developing resilient urban food systems
EditorsH. de Zeeuw, P. Drechsel
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781315716312
ISBN (Print)9781138860582
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2015

Publication series

NameEarthscan Food and Agriculture

Bibliographical note

The book is published under an open licence and chapters are available free online at:


  • sustainability
  • resilience
  • urban design
  • urban agriculture
  • food systems
  • planning
  • design
  • continuous productive urban landscapes
  • urbanization
  • multi-functional landscapes
  • green infrastructure


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