Urban and Regional Agriculture

Urban and Regional Agriculture

1st Edition - August 1, 2022
  • Editor: Peter Droege
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202869

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Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems explores the sustainable integration of food provision, distribution and consumption through urban farms, agricultural systems, user communities and structural facilities designed to optimize food production and consumption. The book addresses the fundamental and pressing challenges of urban planning problems, waste minimization, food sourcing, access and equity issues, and multiple land use optimization. Sections cover the need and opportunities of urban agriculture, discuss tradition and transition, space and regulatory topics, explore the range of urban agriculture options (aquaculture to urban permaculture), discuss support structures and constructs of physically creating urban agricultural areas, and much more. Edited and authored by leading experts in the field, this volume will be valuable for those working to address issues of food security in urban environments.

Key Features

  • Integrates agriculture and urban settings to improve food security
  • Examines relevant considerations, from development to the regulation of food system architectures
  • Provides regionally specific considerations to guide effective and efficient implementation


Researchers and practitioners addressing issues of food security in urban environments, researchers and developers in urban agriculture, food science, policy and regulation
Urban architects, planners, government officials, community and social service leaders

Table of Contents

    1. Preface: premise and overview
    2. Food resource cycles as new urban infrastructure
    3. Global agriculture in crisis – food system in crisis - cities in crisis
    4. Integrating agriculture and urban systems: growing food in and around cities
    5. Social, economic and environmental benefits: air, water, energy, climate, local prosperity

    Part 1: Context and setting, and a summary
    6. Global food supply chains versus local and regional systems
    7. Food landscapes and water conservation 8. Local food control and social equity
    9. The energy of food: renewable heat and power for sustenance
    10. Climate change responses and urban resilience
    11. Regenerating cities for food

    Part 2: Cities and agriculture
    12. History, present and outlook
    13. From farm to city: cities built on farm plots (Japan, Germany, China, Africa)
    14. Agricultural cities: traditions and trends
    15. Urban space types: from leftover spaces to zoning for food
    16. Transition towns and farming transformations
    17. Farming the conurbation: peri-urban approaches
    18. Central urban systems: food spaces and webs
    19. Digestible city- and landscapes in regulatory frameworks

    Part 3: State of growing systems
    20. Urban permaculture
    21. Organic farming
    22. Hydroponics
    23. Aquaponics
    24. Aquaculture
    25. Hybrid and symbiotic approaches
    26. Urban agricultural risk management: soil health, air purity, water

    Part 4: Architecture of food: support structures and constructs
    27. Buildings and agriculture
    28. Architecture and structures
    29. Horizontal systems
    30. Vertical farming
    31. Rooftop systems
    32. Façade systems

    Part 5: Regulatory frameworks and incentives
    33. National, georegional and global frameworks
    34. Urban agriculture law and legislation
    35. Zoning approaches to food production
    36. Capacity incentivized planning

    Part 6: Markets and distribution
    37. New markets and edible currency
    38. Urban agriculture markets
    39. Community production networks
    40. Ownership and communal consumption
    41. Cloud farming: operating open systems
    42. Big data analytics for food empowerment

    Part 7: Global differences and potentials
    43. Characterizing and interpreting cases from different continents
    44. China: Shanghai
    45. Europe: Berlin
    46. Southamerica: Buenos Aires
    47. North America: Portland
    48. Southeast Asia: Hanoi
    49. Australia: Perth
    50. Africa: Nairobi
    References and resources; directory

Product details

  • No. of pages: 677
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: August 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202869

About the Editor

Peter Droege

Peter Droege directs the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, the global advisory and research organization for the rapid transition to regenerative communities, cities, regions and infrastructure. Professor Droege serves also as President of Eurosolar, the European Association for Renewable Energy, and as General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy. A recipient of the European Solar Prize in Education, Peter Droege initiated the Chair for Sustainable Spatial Development at the University of Liechtenstein while holding a Conjoint Professorship at the Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecure and the Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia. Professor Droege has authored or edited numerous books, including Intelligent Environments (Elsevier 1997), Urban Energy Transition, 1st Edition: From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Power (Elsevier 2008).

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, President, Eurosolar, European Association of Renewable Energy and General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy