→Urban Agriculture -
How to learn from Paris?

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With the rapid­ly grow­ing cities and glob­al­iza­tion, the local food pro­duc­tion has been increas­ing­ly reduced in favor of indus­tri­al­ly and / or glob­al­ly pro­duced food that is sold through retail chains. In recent years, how­ev­er, there has been a grow­ing inter­est in self-pro­duc­tion in the city.
Urban agri­cul­ture brings many advan­tages — of a social and inte­gra­tive nature, and at least as many pos­i­tive effects in terms of cli­mate pro­tec­tion and adap­ta­tion to cli­mate change.
How­ev­er, in order to be able to become a part of sus­tain­able nutri­tion for the urban pop­u­la­tion, the urban agri­cul­ture sys­tem must be rethought and mod­ern­ized. The areas pos­si­ble for cul­ti­va­tion and oper­a­tion such as roofs and walls of build­ings, open spaces in a city must be ascer­tained and sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly ana­lyzed for their poten­tial in struc­tur­al, tech­ni­cal, legal and prac­ti­cal terms.
Oper­at­ing mod­els — from vol­un­tary work to employ­ment mod­els must be sur­veyed and test­ed. Last but not least, it makes sense to har­mo­nize the agri­cul­tur­al activ­i­ties with the goals of the city in regard to cli­mate change adap­ta­tion and pro­tec­tion, i.e. to pro­mote urban agri­cul­ture where cool­ing, rain­wa­ter man­age­ment, etc. appear par­tic­u­lar­ly nec­es­sary. And to stim­u­late the pro­mo­tion of busi­ness mod­els there, for exam­ple in the form of pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship concepts.


Paris is one of the great pio­neers in the field of urban agri­cul­ture. Only recent­ly one of the largest urban farms in the world opened. Fur­ther­more, Paris has numer­ous areas that are made avail­able to urban agri­cul­ture. Dur­ing this ses­sion, the var­i­ous eco­nom­ic, social and polit­i­cal chal­lenges that such urban agri­cul­ture entails will be discussed.
In this project ini­tia­tive we want to deal with all of these ques­tions. The aim is to devel­op a fund­ing appli­ca­tion that includes the poten­tial analy­sis of urban areas described above, as well as the devel­op­ment of busi­ness mod­els for the oper­a­tion of urban agri­cul­tur­al areas in coop­er­a­tion with the pub­lic sector.
Using the exam­ple of Paris, already func­tion­ing urban agri­cul­ture is being ana­lyzed and pos­si­ble over­all solu­tions for oth­er Euro­pean cities are being developed.




  • Reg­is­tra­tion: from August 05, 2020
  • Con­gress: 24–25.09.2020
The Questions are:
  •  Analy­sis of the city’s poten­tial with regard to struc­tur­al, legal and prac­ti­cal issues
    — Types of pro­duc­tion for the fol­low­ing areas: roofs, facades, court­yards, urban wastelands
    — Pro­duc­tion process for dif­fer­ent pro­duc­tion areas along the entire val­ue chain
    — Struc­tur­al issues (access to the roof, sta­t­ics, tech­ni­cal solu­tions for areas that are not ide­al­ly suit­ed, roof       water­proof­ing, etc.)
    — Legal issues: zon­ing, ten­an­cy law, trade law, build­ing reg­u­la­tions How can Knartz & Green­ery work together?
  • Har­mo­niza­tion with strate­gic goals of the city, in par­tic­u­lar cool­ing, increas­ing bio­di­ver­si­ty, rain­wa­ter management
  • Devel­op­ment of busi­ness mod­els for urban agri­cul­ture. Net­work­ing of busi­ness­es for sales, cross-con­nec­tion to the ÖkoKauf pro­gram of the City of Vienna
  • Role of the pub­lic sec­tor to enable and pro­mote urban agriculture
  • Devel­op­ment of an umbrel­la orga­ni­za­tion that is respon­si­ble for infor­ma­tion, sales, pur­chas­ing, mar­ket­ing, etc.
  • Food secu­ri­ty, region­al­i­ty, sustainability
We are looking for:
For the project “Urban Agri­cul­ture” we are look­ing for a max­i­mum of 25 par­tic­i­pants with the fol­low­ing backgrounds:


  • Agri­cul­ture / gardening
  • Gas­tron­o­my
  • Land­scape architecture
  • Civ­il engineer
  • Spa­tial planning
  • City admin­is­tra­tion
  • Experts in fund­ing options
  • Civil­ian population

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