Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Abstract

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This case study produced two shop fronts and a garden space as project outputs. These places provided a hub for people to connect (both residents and the large influx of workers commuting daily to the Docklands). These spaces were also used as an office; a shop and a community contact point. Programs were run from the office and gardens spaces. These were a significant element to activate the community, commerce and cultural activities. These programs included a market, food box program and sustainable lifestyle workshops. A volunteer program was created with two large commercial banks to facilitate sustainability of the future of the garden. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

On the Edge Forum – Abstract

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On the Edge: A forum about food and sustainability on the edges of our cities. On The Edge invited of the world’s leading thinkers in how to make food production really work on the edges of our major cities – and how to make it work alongside the growth of urban development Dave Sands (Vancouver), Sonia Callau-Berenguer (Barcelona), Anna Meroni (Milan) speak about strategies for maintaining food production near cities, and the contribution this kind of peri-urban agriculture makes to the physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural health of our cities. Local experts also joined in the discussion.  (Sustainable Everyday & Village Well)

Shepaarton Food Hub – Abstract


Shepparton in Regional Victoria is a city facing serious economic issues due to local orchards losing supply chain arrangements with supermarkets and transnational fruit processing companies which are importing cheaper produce (Dixon and Isaacs 2013). The City of Greater Sheppartion instigated a community garden project tender and designers from Sustainable Everyday and Pollen Studio Landscape Architects responded with a brief to establish a Food Hub. (Table 4). A diverse group of people were engaged in the project including farmers, councillors, council workers, health bodies, state government and food experts. The main objective was to co-design a regional food hub with Shepparton residents, council and community. (Sustainable Everyday & Pollen Studio)

Khula App – Abstract


Small- scale urban farmers in Soweto contribute to the food security of the region however like many of their fellow farmers in the developing world are often marginalised due to highly competitive commercial global farming practices and poor access to information and markets. The aim of the Khula Soweto Farmers’ Mobile Application Project  was to leverage the affordances of contemporary digital technologies in order to fulfil the existing and future needs of Soweto farmers.  The design process involved a number of participatory interventions that utilised the Contextmapping co-design methodology. The objectives of the project were to create an interaction design blueprint and low-fidelity digital prototype that reflected the farmers motivational and instrumental needs.  The design project took place in conjunction with a Masters study that sought to via the Research as Design Methodology evaluate the viability of utilizing context-mapping to co-design digital technologies in resource scarce communities. (Design Society Development DESIS Lab)

BEANOR – Abstract


BEANOR is an ongoing project in KEYIHUI Social Lab. It is a service design project for Intellectualy Disabled People (IDP) who are in service centres in Wuxi. It aims to provide a new lifestyle for IDPs by planting bean sprout vegetables through a new business mode. BEANOR enables IDPs to plant organic bean sprouts at indoor disabled service centres and enables them connect with nature. These activities bring about a new lifestyle, and they can increase their income through selling organic bean sprouts to residential communities nearby or through the internet. As the project proceeds BEANOR will improve integration of nearby communities and decrease the possibility of discrimination against the IDPs. The project is currently in the development stage, since more support from government and the various stakeholders is required to make it proceed successfully. Needs include a more suitable clean area for cultivation. Additionally the project needs to increase interest in IDPs to become the participants of the planting project. Last but not least, the problem of distribution needs to be further refined, this includes increasing the trust between producers and consumers to increase product uptake. (JU DESIS Lab)

Wangjing Endorsement – Abstract


The project is based on a local farm in Wuxi China, Wangjing endorsement. They grow organic vegetables and fruits using sustainable farming. The farm has the excellent product quality, mature technology and the ability to copy at large scale. The farm aims to spread its thinking about sustainable and organic farming. The farm would like to use the method of design to build trust amongst users. The project attempts to reconnect people to food, and communities to agriculture. Based on the different characteristics of family members, the system offers different ways for them to do so. The members of a family can not only get safe and organic food from the farm, but also they can enjoy a healthy lifestyle. The project established a bridge between the family and the farm, both online and offline, which could provide a convenient service for the family to enjoy high quality organic food. The designers of the project conceptualised a vegetable service station and app platform, as well as a WeChat platform. Using these platforms enabled users to buy online and get vegetables or fruits offline. Additionally the users can go to the farm for a real farm experience. The users can get relevant information from the app platform or the vegetable service station. What is more, this service system can help people eat healthily and safely, enabling the users to enjoy their lifestyle better. (JU DESIS Lab)

Vanke Kunshan Farm – Abstract


Vanke Farm located in Kunshan, is an eco-farm near to suburban homes. The farm offers different sustainable agriculture services like eco-planting, sightseeing agriculture and eco-tourism. This proposal has cooperation with Vanke enterprises, which aims at offering sustainable food service for family users. The design aim was to discover the values and benefits of growing food as part of a sustainable lifestyle. It is the service system that plays a vital role in providing a balance between resources of eco-farm and the needs of users. Such innovative integration includes eco-tourism, farming education and farming experience activities, which makes an effective example of O2O collaborative service. Such an approach may result in other design solutions in similar contexts. Additionally resource-saving and high participatory interaction were developed for the farm to explore more competitive products; these include an online app, booking website, agricultural courses for families and recreational activities to improve the user viscosity for a sustainable service system. (JU DESIS Lab)

Meihao Farm of Wanke – Abstract


Meihao Farm of Wanke is a one-meter-farm project in the commercial district of Vanke Square. It provides a high-quality experience for planting and education towards sustainability for the participants. What’s more, it promotes a healthy , natural and sustainable life style to new generations and adults in the city and provides both online and offline platforms for improving the communication between people in their daily life. Additionally, through the organic food market, collaborative service participants can share and exchange organic foods with each other. It has strong independent operability with inborn elements from business. Despite the disadvantages caused by the limited free land in communities in China and nonexistent financial support from government, creative urban agriculture really can form a new kind of community based food network with high quality experiences via O2O collaboration. (JU DESIS Lab)

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Abstract


The City of Greater Dandenong (local government) released a tender to produce a food strategy for the city. Design firms Sustainable Everyday and Field Institute responded with a proposal for a design-led food strategy, rather than a more linear consulting process, which would be the first of its kind in Australia. The proposal replicated a process used for the URBACT Sustainable Food in Urban Communities Policy in Europe. The project aimed to develop a strategy which supports food manufacturers, community health projects and local retailers. The aim of the Dandenong Food Strategy is to bring together diverse food leaders in the city to develop a competitive, sustainable local food system in the City. The aim was to boost the food manufacturing industry in Dandenong which is declining. The strategy aims to celebrate the diverse cultures who are not integrating, develop and enable edible green spaces and address food insecurity and obesity which are major health problems in the City. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)  

Nutrire Milano – Abstract

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Milano, Italy (2010 – 2013) Nutrire Milano – Feeding Milan is a project set in the peri-urban region of Milan, a fringe area challenged by building speculation, where urban sprawl is blurring the boundaries between city and countryside and agriculture is suffering because it is no longer profitable. Such a situation is highly risky in terms of land exploitation and social cohesion. It calls for radical thinking and systemic change in the way we look at relations between peri- or rur-urban agriculture and the city. Despite Milan’s location in one of the biggest agricultural areas in Europe, the Agricultural Park South, the demand for fresh local produce in the city exceeds what is currently available. The park, a blend of living/productive settlements and fields, covers an area of 47,000 hectares and is characterized by intensive industrial farming; a very small percentage is dedicated to diversified agriculture and eco-compatibility systems. Besides its merely productive resources, the Milanese region has an important historical heritage, rural villages, water resources, and a rich cultural mix. All these resources could be turned into assets to rethink the identity and the nature of the area. The project came to life in response to the upcoming 2015 International Expo, which will be hosted in Milan and will focus on sustainable food systems. Shortening the food chain by de-mediated services, fostering multi-functionality in the systems, and implementing collaborative practices are the key concepts of the project, which aims at generating tangible shifts and perceivable changes in the way farmers and citizens relate. More specifically, it intends to lead producers towards more sustainable production systems, offering a greater guarantee of profitability due to a wider, more solid and more organized demand via direct sales to a diversified consumer based. The project also aims to encourage new purchasing habits that are more advantageous from a quality/price point of view, more attentive towards health and the environment, richer on a relational level, but undoubtedly different from the usual trip to the supermarket. Together, these actions imply the use of seasonal food requiring preparation in the home. The main actions of the project are: 1) supporting existing best practices and resources in the agricultural field; 2) activating resources that are as yet unvalued or are no longer used; and 3) creating new services. These actions lead to a general framework of initiatives that forms the reference scenario of Feeding Milano. This scenario includes a collection of services that work in synergy (i.e. economies of scale and scope as well as complementarities) and that are mainly carried out on a collaborative basis. They link the contributions of different subjects into a system, partially integrating already existing initiatives and activating new resources. (Polimi Desis Lab)