Development of a concept for basic everyday supply of fruits and vegetables in cities
Urban agriculture is a relatively old technique for the production of food in cities. During the 19th century industrialization and urbanization led to the city garden movement, and in the post-war periods people used their courtyards and allotments mainly for food production.
Similar approaches appear in the present, but more in a social context (e.g. gardening around the corner, urban gardening, parklets).
With the rapidly growing cities and globalization, this form of local food production has increasingly reduced in favor of industrially and / or globally produced food that is sold via retail chains. In recent years, however, there has been growing interest in it.
Urban agriculture has many advantages — social and inclusive, and at least as much in terms of climate protection and adaptation to climate change.
In order to become a partial aspect for sustainable and healthy food for the urban population, the urban agriculture system must be rethought and modernized.
Areas such as house roofs, house walls and open spaces that are possible for cultivation and operation in a city must be identified and their potential systematically analyzed in terms of construction, technology, legal and practical aspects.
Operating strategies — from voluntary work to employment models must be identified and there potential evaluated and tested.
It is important to harmonize agricultural activities with the city’s goals in terms of climate change adaptation and protection, i.e. to promote urban agriculture in areas identified as urban heat islands. Therefore cooling down the environment through urban agriculture and rainwater management is a crucial part and particularly necessary.
Also, it is crucial to stimulate business models in the form of public-private partnership concepts.
We want to address all of these questions in this project initiative. The goal is to develop a funding application that includes the potential analysis of urban spaces like described above, as well as the development of business models for the operation of urban agriculture in cooperation with the public sector. This should be done using public buildings, such as case study schools, hospitals and senior citizen houses in Vienna.
As a pilot project, the roof of the Vienna General Hospital should be used with marketing measures to enable the first implementation. At the same time, business partners will be addressed for the expansion of a larger area and the entire city level as well as for start-up financing.
- Application period for project initiatives: 01.12.2019 – 28.02.2020
- Early Bird tickets: 01.01.2020 – 31.01.2020
- Termination of review procedures for project initiatives: 15.03.2020
- Regular ticket sale: 01.02.2020 – 31.03.2020
- Congress: 16–17.04.2020
- Analysis of the city’s potential with regard to structural, legal and practical issues
- Production types for the following areas: roofs, facades, inner courtyards, urban wastelands
- Production process for different production areas along the entire value chain
- Technical construction issues (access to the roof, structural analysis, technical difficulties of areas that are not optimally suitable, roof covering, etc.)
- Legal questions: questions of dedication, questions of tenancy law, questions of trade law, building regulations
- Harmonization with strategic goals of the city, in particular cooling, increasing biodiversity, rainwater management
- Development of business models for urban agriculture.
- Networking of companies for sales, cross-connection to the eco-purchase program of the City of Vienna
- Development of an umbrella organization that is responsible for information, sales, purchasing, marketing, etc.
Food security, regionality, sustainability
We are looking for:
Maximum 25 participants with the following background for the
“Grätzl PPP” City.Agriculture. Project:
- Agriculture / Horticulture
- Landscape Architecture
- Civil Engineers
- Experts in financing options