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Urban Agriculture in Public Space

Planning and Designing for Human Flourishing in Northern European Cities and Beyond

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  • This open access book focuses on urban agriculture in dense inner cities public spaces
  • The authors apply the Aristotelian perspective and the capability approach to the analyses of urban agriculture
  • Discusses potential impacts of urban agriculture on human well-being
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Part of the book series: GeoJournal Library (GEJL, volume 132)

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This open access book discusses urban agriculture initiatives integrated in public space of dense inner-city neighbourhoods, thereby ensuring its accessibility for large and diverse segments of urban populations. It specifically focuses on the potential impacts of urban agriculture on human well-being (both on individual and community levels), and how planning, design, policy and management practices can maximize these impacts. The book addresses urban agriculture on both a micro and macro scale to facilitate a transition to more sustainable lifestyles and enhance the quality of urban life. It also discusses ways to permanently integrate urban agriculture in existing and planned public spaces in a visually attractive, socially inclusive, and democratic manner to claim and reclaim the right to the city. Based on the research outcomes of the project “Cultivating Public Space: urban agriculture as a basis for human flourishing and sustainability transition in Norwegian cities” funded by the Research Council of Norway, the book emerges from a Norwegian context, but extends to include international urban agriculture cases from the Netherlands, Denmark, the UK and more.

By including a diversity of voices and cultural perspectives, the editors aimed to make this book engaging and relevant to an international audience of researchers, policy makers, urban designers, planners, educators, community activists, residents, and public space users of the sustainable, compact city of today and the future.


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Part III

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway

    Beata Sirowy

  • Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

    Deni Ruggeri

About the editors

Beata Sirowy (Ph.D,, 2010) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and was the leader of the research project Cultivating Public Space whose findings are presented in this book. Her educational background consists of philosophy (MA) combined with architecture and urban planning (MSc), and her research interests lie at the intersection of these domains. Her PhD thesis addresses the theme of user oriented architectural practice from a phenomenological perspective. She has published on the hermeneutics of art and the built environment; ethical aspects of architecture and planning; and the role of public space in sustaining human well-being and resilience in cities. Most recently she has been exploring the opportunities for a dialogue between Western and non-Western perspectives within urban research and is currently completing a book on the relevance of Confucian concepts for contemporary urban development.

Deni Ruggeri (Ph.D., 2009) is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. His research focuses on social and psychological dimensions of landscape architecture livability in urban design, participatory design and co-creation, and green infrastructure. Prof. Ruggeri is the author of 25 journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited the book "Defining Landscape Democracy. A Path to Spatial Justice" (2019).  He serves as the Executive Director of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), for which he has been Chair of the Board of Director. From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Ruggeri has coordinated the Landscape Education for Democracy (LED) Erasmus Plus project, an educational program on the ethics, theories and practices of democratic design and planning funded by the European Union. Prof. Ruggeri has held associate professorships at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the University of Oregon,and has been an assistant professor at Cornell University, and has lectured at the University of California, Davis and University of California, Berkeley.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Urban Agriculture in Public Space

  • Book Subtitle: Planning and Designing for Human Flourishing in Northern European Cities and Beyond

  • Editors: Beata Sirowy, Deni Ruggeri

  • Series Title: GeoJournal Library

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-41549-4Published: 25 April 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-41552-4Due: 31 May 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-41550-0Published: 23 April 2024

  • Series ISSN: 0924-5499

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-0072

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 317

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Geography, Agriculture, Quality of Life Research, Urban Studies/Sociology

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