Sustainable food, sustainable cities
McCreary, Michy Donna
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What is a “sustainable city” and is it possible to design the urban fabric to improve environmental quality in addition to the human condition? This thesis will explore how we can better create a “working” urban landscape, one that recycles energy and nutrient resources to a productive end, through the design of urban agriculture. The methodological approach to this thesis is quantitative, using design research after completing a literature review of case studies. The design application for the Youth Farm, a working urban farm, in Brooklyn, New York is assessed based on matrices compiled by the Sustainable Sites Initiative to quantify ecosystem services in the landscape. The design proposal indicates that improved services are achievable in the urban agricultural landscape without major conflict to food productivity. This demonstration suggests that specific design strategies can improve an urban agricultural program’s overall contribution to urban sustainability.