Governance and Policymaking

The interplay between top-down and bottom up actions and its implications on governance and planning; the way diverse stakeholders participate in decision making.  

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Governance and policymaking


Limited funding and human resources affected the sustainability of the Docklands project. The absence of public and private financial commitments and support are a threat to the incubation and development of projects of this nature. To ensure projects are a success they need to be economically sustainable and be designed around resilient and business savvy economic models that will sustain the ongoing running of projects of the future. Constraints associated with individual business models should be leveraged to allow for innovation to occur at a strategic level. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

On the Edge Forum – Governance and policymaking


The On the Edge Conference is a tool to unite diverse actors to develop innovative solutions to challenges in peri-urban agriculture. There is great potential for events like these in influence policy making, by invited politicians policy makers and organising media to cover the event. One of the most important points Dave Sands international expert in policy design for peri-urban agriculture was: you need to have a citizen-led movement to change the policy. Grass-roots efforts make a difference. Serious issues like this need to be discussed and worked through publically.  (Sustainable Everyday & Village Well)

Shepaarton Food Hub – Governance and policymaking


The Shepaarton food hub enables local government to innovate and co-design with their community. The food hub addresses diverse issues in the town related to localising the economy, supporting local food and addressing food security. Local Government co-designed with the community and asked them for their feedback.(Sustainable Everyday & Pollen Studio)

Khula App – Governance and policymaking


The Khula* project was envisioned and enacted in partnership with Izindaba  Zokudla (an initiative that promotes multi-stakeholder engagement in the South African urban agriculture sector) and the Soweto Region D Farmers Forum. A core focus of the Khula project was to include participants from the Soweto farming community in all aspects of the design-decision making process. Other stakeholders in the project included the University of Cape Town (Masters study project), University of Johannesburg, Department of Multimedia as well as the Design Society Development DESIS Lab. (Design Society Development DESIS Lab) *Khula is isiZulu for ‘Grow’ or ‘Growing’

BEANOR – Governance and policymaking


BEANOR is housed in an Intellectually Disabled Persons (IDP) service centre. There are three rooms for the IDPs, one for working, one for resting, and the other for activity. The project uses the activity room for planting sprout vegetables since this kind of plant doesn’t need soil to grow. (JU DESIS Lab)

Wangjing Endorsement – Governance and policymaking


The superiority of the Wangjing Endorsement Farm is that it offers small-scale production while maintaining high quality, it is local, flexible and focused on its users. (JU DESIS Lab)

Vanke Kunshan Farm – Governance and policymaking


Considering limited top-down resources, the possible solution could not depend on government budget, instead the design team took advantage of resources from the farm and a real estate developer, creating a platform which enable bottom up solutions whilst rediscovering bottom up resources and opportunities to develop innovative solutions. (JU DESIS Lab)

Meihao Farm of Wanke – Governance and policymaking


Given the limited top-down resources, the solution could not depend on the government budget, but instead the design team had to rediscover bottom up resources and opportunities to develop innovative solutions with cooperation with a commercial partner, Wanke a large real-estate company. (JU DESIS Lab)

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Governance and policymaking


The Dandneong Food Strategy enables local government to innovate and co-design with their community. The overall strategy can influence culture changes and policy changes such as allowing urban agriculture in public spaces. Local Government was facilitating a bottom-up consultation with the food leaders who are the people in the city who make action towards food economy and health. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)