Urban Agricultural Heritage and the Shaping of Future Cities

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The Herrenhausen Conference on May 6-8, 2019, focussed on food production in cities and elaborated why urban agriculture should be part of a sustainable urban planning in the future.

Yedikule Bostans an der Theodosianischen Landmauer in Istanbul (Axel Timpe, Institute of Landscape Architecture, RWTH Aachen University)
Yedikule Bostans in Istanbul (Axel Timpe, Institute of Landscape Architecture, RWTH Aachen University)

Given the global challenges of urbanization and limited resources, Urban Agriculture has become an important tool for a sustainable planning of cities since the Millennium. However, it is mostly unknown, that Urban Agriculture already has its history. This is where the Herrenhausen Conference on Urban Agricultural Heritage started from. It aimed at providing a first global survey of projects and initiatives dealing with traditional forms of food production in cities and was supposed to lead to a better understanding and academic awareness of the issue. Experts from science, international organizations, and civil society approached the Conference's theme from different angles. Reasons were identified why valuable agricultural heritage must not be neglected or even destroyed. You can find the summary report of the conference here (pdf): Summary Report: Herrenhausen Conference "Urban Agricultural Heritage and the Shaping of Future Cities"