Agriculture and Megacities go together
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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).
UAC project publication
Urban Agriculture for Growing City Regions
Connecting Urban-Rural Spheres in Casablanca
edited by Undine Giseke
This book demonstrates how agriculture can play a determining role in sustainable, climate-optimised urban development. Agriculture within urban growth centres today is more than an economic or social left-over or a niche practice. It is instead a complex system that offers multiple potentials for tomorrow’s megacities. Urban open space and agriculture can be connected to productive urban landscapes – this forms new urban-rural linkages in the urban region and helps shape the city. But in order to do this, agriculture has to be seen as an integral part of the urban fabric and it has to be put on the local agenda.
Urban Agriculture for Growing City Regions takes the example of Casablanca, one of the fastest growing cities in North Africa, to investigate this approach. The creation of synergies between the urban and rural in an emerging megacity is demonstrated through pilot projects, design solutions, and multifunctional modules. These synergies assure greater resource efficiency; particularly regarding the use and reuse of water, and they strengthen regional food security and the social integration of multiple spheres. The book will have a long lasting legacy and is essential reading for researchers, planners, practitioners and policy makers who are working on urban development and urban agricultural strategies.
Here you can access the publisher's website
Summer School Médiouna
The second edition of the Summer School on Urban Agriculture in Casablanca.
Here you can download the Summer School Flyer
Action Plan (french version)
Based on results from the workshop on the "Anchoring of Urban Agriculture in Grand Casablanca" (2011, Sept 23rd), the inter-administrative working group "Casablanca as a city model for urban agriculture" (2011, May-Sept) and the experiences from the pilot projects of the UAC project (since 2005).
Here you can download the Action Plan
Conference Future Megacities in Action
The international conference Future Megacities in Action will highlight good practice examples of energy and climate efficient urbanisation from Asia, Africa and America, set against the European background. It will feature the results of the research programme “Future Megacities” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research since 2005: technical, social and economic solutions developed by participating bilateral and trans-disciplinary research teams for and with cities. It will also present innovative approaches taken in other cities that stand out in their efforts towards achieving greater sustainability.
Here you can go to the Conference Website
Here you can download the Conference Flyer
Welcome to the colloquium on the contribution of urban agriculture to the sustainable development of emerging megacities.
Here you can download the event synopsis
Special Topos Edition on Urban Agriculture
In March 2011 the UAC project published a special issue of the topos, which presents the results of the research project on Urban Agriculture under the aspect of "Design as an integrative Factor of Research"
Here you can download the Callway publication Topos 74
Here you can order the Callway publication Topos 74
Future Megacities Short Film "Urban Agriculture in Casablanca, Morocco"
Here you can watch the short film vimeo.com/71876793
Radio documentation on pilot projects 2 and 4 (Deutschland Radio Kultur)
Here you can read and listen to the documentation in German
Inauguration of the water purification plant with visit by the king
Here you can read the press releases