Green actions for innovative cities. The new agri-food landscape

  • Emanuele Sommariva University of Genoa (Italy)
  • Nicola Valentino Canessa University of Genoa (Italy)
  • Giorgia Tucci University of Genoa (Italy)
Keywords: resilient strategies, sustainable cities, agri-food landscape, green innovation, food cycles

Abstract

The role of ecosystem services is interlinked with the growing awareness of research and development funding programmes sensitive to green infrastructure and urban greening strategies. They become one of the structural components for the ecological transition of European urban agendas, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030. Ecosystem services are a new parameter for the assessment of urban green infrastructure and re-naturalisation processes, which also aim to counteract the effects of climate change (i.e., flooding, heat islands), or to promote the conservation, resilience and biodiversity of natural habitats. Specifically, urban agriculture and community gardens play an important role, helping to secure various socio-ecological benefits on a local basis and to promote access to healthy, Zero Km sources. In order to encourage good practices within the contemporary agro-urban scenario, the contribution outlines novel ideas on circularity and recycling of waste from across the food chain from the European project Creative Food Cycles.

Author Biographies

Emanuele Sommariva, University of Genoa (Italy)

Architect and PhD, he is a Researcher in Urban Design and Planning at the Department of Architecture and Design. He carries out research on the evolution of productive landscapes and regional foodsheds, strategical planning, ecological resilience and urban-rural interfaces. He was previously a Researcher at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences of LUH Hannover (2012-20). LUH Project Manager of Creative Food Cycles.
E-mail: emanuele.sommariva@unige.it

Nicola Valentino Canessa, University of Genoa (Italy)

Architect and PhD, he is a Researcher in Urban Design and Planning at the Department of Architecture and Design. He carries out research on the topics of new technologies for urbanism and territories in transition, strategical planning of Med coastal territories, and urbanization phenomena. Member of the Creative Food Cycles Research Group for the UniGe unit.
E-mail: nicolavalentino.canessa@unige.it

Giorgia Tucci, University of Genoa (Italy)

Architect and PhD, she is a Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture and Design. He carries out research on the topics of agriculture and territorial planning, sustainable urban metabolism, circular economy and design. Member of the Creative Food Cycles Research Group for the UniGe unit.
E-mail: giorgia.tucci@unige.it

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Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat designed by Actar Architecture + GICLab UniGe, 2017-19 (credit: Gic Lab, 2019) – AGATHÓN 11_2022
Published
2022-06-30
How to Cite
Sommariva, E., Canessa, N. V. and Tucci, G. (2022) “Green actions for innovative cities. The new agri-food landscape”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 11(online), pp. 150-161. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/11132022.
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Architecture | Research & Experimentation
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