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Agrarian urbanism (by Ilgvars Jansons)

Publicēja 2011. gada 11. febr. 07:38Reinis Bērziņš   [ atjaunināts 2011. gada 11. febr. 07:57 ]

Agrarian urbanism is called the "new new urbanism" and Andres Duany has been pushing pretty hard in his direction for the last couple of years. The idea is that walkable neighbourhoods could be intentionally structured so that food production is integrated into the physical form and the lifestyle of the inhabitants. Duany believes the metamorphical asteroid - call it peak oil, climate change, the collapse of complex structures is on it's way.

The New Urbanism movement now recognize that we have to reorganize the landscape for local food production because industrial agriculture will be one of the prime victims of our oil predicament. The successful places in the future will be places that have a meaningful relationship with growing food close to home. Idea of agrarian urbanism is popular in "Rust belt" where many of the factories are closed and number of people decreased and the whole region is calling for revitalization. But this new urbanism is really nothing new. In Eastern Europe cities agrarian urbanism is topic of discussions for decades where local food production sometimes is located in city centres and city planners are thinking how to revitalize these areas.

In theory these new towns are great providing walkability, efficiency and all the services of a community within the development.

In practice though sometimes it looks like this.

So can this vision work?

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