Cultivating the City: Infrastructures of abundance in urban Brazil

Jacques Abelman


Urban agriculture, if it is to become integrated into the city, needs landscape architectural thinking in order to be woven into the larger urban fabric. Thinking at the scale of ecosystems running through a city creates a framework for spatial change; thinking in assemblages of stakeholders and actors creates a framework for social investment and development. These overlapping frameworks are informed and perhaps even defined by the emergent field of landscape democracy. Cultivating the City is a prospective design project seeking to embody landscape democratic principles. The intention is to reclaim the meaning of landscape as the relationship between people and place, both shaping each other. The design in question is a proposed network of urban agriculture typologies in Porto Alegre, Brazil. These hypothetical designs, emphasizing agroforestry with native species, serve as a basis for dialogue between potential stakeholders and as catalysts for future projects. This landscape architecture project sets out to be a mediator in processes of spatial evolution in order to envision just and sustainable urban landscapes. 

Key words: Brazil, landscape architecture, urban agriculture, green infrastructure, agroforestry, landscape democracy

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First received: 23 April 2015 | Last revision received: 11 May 2015
Accepted: 14 May 2015 | Published online: 20 May 2015
URN :nbn:de:hebis:34-2015051848266


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