Urban agriculture: how to be green even in a concrete jungle

Urban rooftop farming in Brooklyn, New YorkContainer gardening, urban composting, cold frames and vertical growing are just some ways we can make cities greener and rban agriculture is at the forefront of the eat local, locavore and agrarian movement.

Urbanization can have an impact on the natural environment and its sustainability.

In Canada, there has been a transformation from largely rural agricultural populations to dynamic urban centres as more than 85 per cent of Canadians now live in cities.

Evergreen Brick Works was an operating brickyard for about 100 years prior to being closed down. The site was abandoned, leaving behind a damaged ecosystem. Now stands an environmental centre inspiring action to green cities.

Urban sustainability is the idea that a city can power itself with its own renewable sources of energy without excessive reliance on the surrounding countryside.

Sustainability initiatives include:

Water efficiency

In order to be sustainable, it is important to be conscious of water use inside and outside of homes. At Evergreen Brick Works, there are 12 water tanks throughout the site which capture rain water from the roofs. The collected water is then used for garden irrigation, landscaping and other non-potable uses.

Material and resources

To maintain sustainability within our environment, we can reduce waste and encourage reuse and recycling. This category of sustainability also promotes local grown, harvested and produced products.

Indoor environmental quality

Most Canadians spend the majority of their time indoors and the quality of your indoor environment can have an impact on your health and happiness. Natural airflow systems, such as opening a window, can improve indoor air and provide access to natural daylight while minimizing the amount of energy needed to keep fresh air pumping throughout the building. To read more click here.

The 9th International Urban Design Conference will be held at Hyatt Canberra 7th-8th November 2016 with optional tours available on Wednesday 9th November.

Registrations are now open. CLICK HERE to register for the Conference.

This years’ theme, Smart Cities for 21st Century Australia – How urban design innovation can change our cities”  will focus on an understanding of what makes a city ‘smart’ from a urban design perspective and how the built environment develops during the city planning process.

Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 9th International Urban Design Conference are invited to submit an abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE.

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