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Charles Waldheim's Brief History of Agrarian Urbanism

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Broadacre City. Frank Lloyd Wright, 1950-1955. [Image via urbannebula.nl.] The politics and planning of our food system is a big topic these days, with urban farming being all the rage. In Design Observer, Charles Waldheim, Chair of the Department of Landcape Architecture at Harvard, looks back at earlier approaches to merging agriculture and urbanity, at the way that urban farming might affect urban form. He writes: The categories of agrarian and urban are usually understood as distinct. Across many disciplines, and for centuries, the country and the city have been defined in opposition to one another. But today, in striking contrast, design culture and discourse abound with claims for the potential for urban agriculture. As environmental literacy among designers and scholars has grown, so too has enthusiasm for agricultural production in and around cities. Fueling this trend is rising public interest in food and its production and distribution in a globalized world. Frank Lloyd Wright was convinced that the automobile would cause the city to decentralize, and envisioned Broadacre City, a mix of urbanity and agriculture connected by the car. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger




 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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