Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Envisioning a self-sustaining city: The practice and paradigm of urban farming in Shanghai
by Kozak, Atalya Eve, M.L.A., University of Colorado at Denver, 2015, 125; 1588193
Abstract (Summary)

With rapid urbanization and population growth, the severity of environmental and social issues in Shanghai, China is increasing, threatening the health and safety of human and ecological populations. Increased production through urban farming can help alleviate some of these problems. This body of research is a study of the existing practice and future potential of urban farming in Shanghai. Space limitations, rapid urbanization, an influx of immigrants, both from rural China as well as foreigners, make Shanghai an interesting context for a study of urban agriculture potential. Survey analyses reveal that the vast majority of people living in Shanghai are interested in growing their own food, and have an interest in seeing a growth in the urban farming movement. I have explored and analyzed public perceptions of potential design strategies to accommodate urban farming, as well as understandings about, reasoning of, and motives for growing food within the city limits. Through research and integrated methodologies, I begin to reveal who the urban farmers in Shanghai are, narrating pieces of their stories. This research also includes an introductory study of the potential for incorporating urban farming into the existing urban fabric in Shanghai based on availability of vacant, developing, or existing vegetated surface area. The goal of this portion of the study is to begin to develop an understanding of the spatial potential for increased urban farming opportunities. Based on this research, which illustrates the scope and character of urban farming in Shanghai and the quantity of available land, proposed strategies are outlined to encourage the growth of urban farming in Shanghai.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Beck, Jody
Commitee: Komara, Ann, Langhorst, Joern
School: University of Colorado at Denver
Department: Landscape Architecture
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Landscape architecture, Architecture, Urban planning
Keywords: China, Chinese, City planning, Landscape architecture, Shanghai, Urban agriculture, Urban farming
Publication Number: 1588193
ISBN: 9781321731699
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