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Urban Agriculture as an Integrative Factor of Climate-Optimised Urban Development, Casablanca / Morocco


Urban Agriculture Casablanca is a German-Moroccan research project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the megacity research programme "Research for the Sustainable Development of Megacities of Tomorrow, Focus: Energy- and climate-efficient structures in urban growth centres".

Based on the results of the preliminary project phase (07/2005 – 03/2008), Urban Agriculture Casablanca is a research and development project with a main project phase of five years duration (04/2008 – 03/2013).

The project analyses to what extent Urban Agriculture can make a relevant contribution to climate-optimised and sustainable urban development as an integrative factor in urban growth centres. Urban Agriculture is understood as every form of informal or formal agricultural production within a city, whereby in the context of urban growth centres "city" equates to the urban region.

As a phenomenon of current megacity-specific development processes, we consider Urban Agriculture to be the whole spatial dimensions and dynamics of the development process in today's urban growth centres which lead to new hybrid and climate-sensitive forms between rural and urban space. The result is a new form of reciprocal urban-rural linkages which shape the nature of future urban development and living conditions.

The mechanisms of land utilisation and land utilisation distribution as influenced by informal developments are key factors affecting these urban-rural linkages. These factors are to be examined more closely and supplemented by in-depth studies of how contemporary requirements for sustainable, climate-optimised and energy-efficient urban development can be achieved, i.e. how can Urban Agriculture be conceived as a strategic-conceptual and spatial approach in sustainable urban growth centres and mega-regions?

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Prof. Undine Giseke
Technische Universität Berlin,
Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur und Umweltplanung EB12,
Straße des 17. Juni 145
10623 Berlin


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