The SA Urban Food & Farming Trust was co-host of a 10 day Lab that centred social urban agriculture in a programme for urban design students and researchers in integrated urbanism from Cape Town, Aachen and Stuttgart. The challenge of the Lab was to develop spatial applications for urban food gardening, drawing on themes of governance, inclusion and sustainability. Participants also explored ways in which urban agriculture can support collective action among communities, civil society and local government at various scales (school, neighbourhood, city level) to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Partners in the Lab included the School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics at the University of Cape Town, the School of Architecture at RWTH Aachen University, and the programme in International Urbanism and Sustainable Design at the University of Stuttgart. Also supporting the Lab were the Environmental Department of the City of Cape Town, Abalimi Bezekhaya, Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (VPUU), and the Global Risk Governance Programme at the UCT Law School.
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