Design Tools for Urban Agriculture

  • Davide FassiEmail author
Part of the Research for Development book series (REDE)


This chapter is about tools to be used when designing a new community garden in an urban context or when improving existing ones. Tools are considered here to be a result of design activity since they were concepted, created, prototyped and tested by the author and the research team (the “Polimi DESIS Lab”) in several research and teaching activities over the past ten years at the Politecnico di Milano in direct connection with local communities in the city of Milan. A correspondence between Product Service System Design and Permaculture is provided to frame the tools presented. The main goal of the chapter is to give an overview of how the design discipline can help the development of social innovation initiatives both in the concept and implementation phases.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Design DepartmentPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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