André Viljoen is an architect and principal lecturer in architecture at the University of Brighton, as well as, with Katrin Bohn, contributing to the work of Bohn&Viljoen Architects. The publication, in 2005, of Bohn&Viljoen’s book CPULs Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities consolidated a body of research underpinning the case for urban agriculture as an essential element of sustainable urban infrastructure. This book and the associated design concept had a significant international impact, resulting in invitations to consult, exhibit and lecture widely. In 2012, André jointly edited the book Sustainable Food Planning: evolving theory and practice. This collection was the first of its kind to bring the disciplines of planning, design, public health and governance into dialogue to address the global challenge of food security. In August 2014, with Katrin Bohn, Andre edited the book Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Sustainable Cities, as a sequel and companion volume to “CPULs”.
During the AESOP conference Andre will be introducing a new European research project that led by seven European practitioners and academics that aims to consolidate existing linkages between arts and design practitioners and policy makers responding to the emergence of Productive Urban Landscapes. The objective is to further advance the definition and development of policy pathways enabling the coherent integration of these spaces into cities and sustainable food planning policy.
His paper will outline the research questions being addressed and invite participation in three public events and the use of a website aimed at developing the project.