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Urban agriculture for social sustainability

1 May 2017

Environmental sustainability, common spaces and km 0 food

The urban context is increasingly becoming a training school for residents and institutions. Thanks to the ecosustainable policies and the need to make cities more livable from an environmental and social point of view new creativity practices and actions to recover discarded urban areas have developed to requalify the territory and strengthen the communities that live there.

Urban agriculture is one of these practices. An increasingly widespread phenomenon, so that the areas dedicated to urban gardens have tripled in recent years, transforming that practice into an urban policy strategy designed to determine, together with transport and environmental policies, the eco-sustainability of future cities and beyond.

They are spaces for cultivation, within public green areas or in abandoned areas, assigned by Municipal administration to citizens, that become active participants in the development of their own territory. This increases the awareness of belonging to their territory, their city and it returns to the citizens the material and symbolic meaning of being inhabitants.

For that reason urban gardens are configured as sustainable development tools because they promote self-production food, reducing and sometimes removing distances from the place of production to that one of sale, but at the same time they facilitate aggregation and even integration improving discomfort and exclusion situations.

So urban gardens can become common spaces where different people and different generations can meet, as well as an instrument to put the citizens into the environment in which they live. In summary we can say that these new urban development practices are important tools for the environmental, social and economic development of our cities.