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Seeing Urban Food Futures in Brighton: A physical and virtual exploration in the city

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Andre Viljoen

The aim of the workshop is to introduce participants to parts of the city, its food movements and research we have been conducting for a number of years into how urban food growing and related spaces have the potential to improve a city’s environmental footprint and urban qualities.

Participants will join a physical walk-through Brighton with a map produced by Dr Mikey Tomkins, describing Brighton as a Garden of Edible Ideas. The map shows the potential to introduce urban agriculture as part of a networked Continuous Productive Urban Landscape. After the analogue walk, there’s an opportunity to explore and interact with one of the sites visited using virtual reality.

We have been testing this method as a pilot study with a small group of stakeholders in the city, including the local council and organisations promoting accessible and healthy food. Our interest is in gaining a better understanding of how these tools may enable food futures scenario building and the interplay between analogue and virtual methods within design research. Inherent to this work is the understanding of architecture and urban design as components within a complex socio-environmental system. The insights from participants will be welcomed as we seek to continue the evolution and impact of this work.

KEYWORDS: Productive Urban Landscapes, Food systems, Maps, Virtual Reality

Posted September 2022

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