Assessing the potential for vertical urban agriculture for multi-storey buildings : a case study of the proposed Culture Casbah development in Rosengård, Malmö

University essay from SLU/Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)

Abstract: This thesis proposes the use of urban agriculture as a tool to address three global challenges related to population growth in cities; densification, climate change and health risk by studying the history and benefits of urban agriculture, it is possible to understand the benefits in better integrating urban agriculture into new urban infrastructure, particularly in high-density housing areas. These benefits include; better living conditions, reduced food transportation, stormwater management and strong links between communities. The concept of urban agriculture in green infrastructure was tested with a case study of the proposed Törnrosen development in Rosengård, Malmö, to give a specific context to the theory, in which were used global examples of innovative urban agriculture projects for inspiration, alongside details of the current possibilities of urban green infrastructure technology and analysis of the study area and creative design solutions are developed to find out what is possible. The project finds that when green infrastructure is integrated into the Törnrosen tower, additional benefits to the residents and broader a community is likely to increase, if it is adapted to support urban agriculture, and alongside other urban agriculture community projects in the neighbourhood to have a more significant impact on the quality of life in Rosengård. The use of specific urban agriculture infrastructure will depend on location, type of users, the intention of the garden and stakeholders involved in the gardens. The design principals made to design and evaluate the community gardens could be used for other projects with similarities in the future.

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