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Beyond the Community Garden: Designing Multifunctional Edible Landscapes in Saskatoon's Public Parks

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Title: Beyond the Community Garden: Designing Multifunctional Edible Landscapes in Saskatoon's Public Parks
Author: Stusek, Jenna
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Clarke, Steven
Abstract: Industrialization and globalization of food systems has disconnected people and their food, leading to a lack of food knowledge and declining food security. Addressing the issues of food security and food knowledge, the goal of this study is to connect the food production capacity of urban agriculture and the design skillset of landscape architecture in a multifunctional way to bring edible landscapes into the public realm. Through GIS mapping, an inventory and suitability analysis of public parks in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was completed. Using a ‘Research through Designing’ methodology, edible landscape concepts were designed for three Saskatoon public parks. The results of the study are summarized into nine transferable design strategies that can be used by landscape architects, municipalities, and organizations to implement edible landscapes beyond community gardens. This study demonstrates that public parks can be multifunctional spaces, providing for food production, recreation, and social cohesion.
Date: 2022-05
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