It seems that there is a growing interest in urban agriculture (means anything from community gardens to larger scale entrepreneurial production, located anywhere from inner cities to surburbia to periphery areas) in wealthier, northern hemisphere cities (at least in Canada and Europe). Given that food systems are now gaining planner and policymaker attention in the U.S., UA appears to be an area that is ripe for exploration. I am wondering if it may be timely to consider the design aspects of UA.
The way we view (as economic engines) and organize (zoning) cities present some major barriers ( most of which are economic and political) to UA in our cities.Could urban design be the conduit through which UA could capture more interest and perhaps help us to imagine overcoming some of the obvious barriers?
I am searching for examples of urban agriculture and a discussion about its urban design implications. How can UA be incorporated into the urban form so that benefits are maximized, or alternately how urban form and design can accomodate UA.