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A GIS-Informed Designed Landscape Pattern to Increase Urban Food Security and Optimize Ecological Integrity in Ottawa, Canada.

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Title: A GIS-Informed Designed Landscape Pattern to Increase Urban Food Security and Optimize Ecological Integrity in Ottawa, Canada.
Author: Burger, Kira
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Corry, Robert
Abstract: Proponents of urban food security predict that cities must become more self-reliant in food production. Current planning efforts lack landscape-level analyses to inform siting production in the urban matrix in configurations that optimize production and environmental quality. My research addresses the question: What landscape pattern of urban food production systems will increase food security while optimizing ecological integrity? Using GIS software, I identify 40.0% of urban lands in the City of Ottawa as having cultivation potential and assess the land’s capability and suitability to support food production and respond to ecological patterns. Results show how integration of spatial analyses can reconcile food production and ecological integrity goals with 14 diverse production typologies arranged in a context-sensitive designed landscape pattern. This research identifies opportunities and constraints to achieving urban food security and optimum ecological integrity, and provides evidence for how landscape design can improve wellbeing and sustainability in cities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15979
Date: 2019-05
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