Metabolic cities of the future. Between Agriculture and Architecture

  • Leonardo Zaffi University of Florence
  • Michele D'Ostuni University of Florence
Keywords: urban farming, macro-structures, urban utopias, self-subsistence, soilless culture

Abstract

The constant migratory phenomena and the displacement of part of the world’s population from the countryside to the city are bringing great part of the agricultural workforce in the big cities, changing their work sector from agriculture to industry. In this context, theorists and promoters of urban farming have seen in this industry a powerful tool to find spaces suitable for cultivation within the urban fabric, while promoting a new green development of the city. Resuming the fascination of mega-structures proposed in the second half of the twentieth century, in the gap between utopia and dystopia, this essay investigates models and solutions for the integration of agricultural production systems within above-ground architectures, designed to meet the demand for new living spaces in future ultra-populated cities, as a possible response to the soil impoverishment that made it difficult to implement traditional farming systems in and around urban areas.

Author Biographies

Leonardo Zaffi, University of Florence

Architect and PhD, he is an Associate Professor in Architectural Technology at DIDA – Department of Architecture and Head of the Architecture and Self-build Laboratory. His area of expertise is designing complex building processes and develop project strategies in the executive stage.
E-mail: leonardo.zaffi@unifi.it

Michele D'Ostuni, University of Florence

Architect and PhD, he is a Senior Researcher at DIDA – Department of Architecture and Member of the UrbanFarm Challenge Scientific Committee organized by the Alma Mater University of Bologna. He is an expert in urban farming projects and soilless cultivation systems.
E-mail: michele.dostuni@unifi.it

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Collage: dystopias of the metabolic city (credit: A. Camellato, C. Passeri and F. Senesi, 2020). AGATHÓN 08 | 2020
Published
2020-12-27
How to Cite
Zaffi, L. and D’Ostuni, M. (2020) “Metabolic cities of the future. Between Agriculture and Architecture”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 8(online), pp. 82-93. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/882020.
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