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Exploring a Model For Sustainable Design: An Urban Agriculture Autoethnography

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Title: Exploring a Model For Sustainable Design: An Urban Agriculture Autoethnography
Author: Chorley, Paul
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Brown, Robert
Abstract: As a model for landscape design, this paper explores urban agriculture practices in student off-campus housing. Food is a basic human need, the foundation of modern civilization and many of us take it for granted. In addition, industrial agriculture is the primary cause of transforming Earth’s environment and a catalyst for separating humans from nature. Individuals, societies and cultures must adapt with ecologically designed landscapes and climate-smart food systems. Through my lived experiences as a student, landlord, researcher and the creator of a memorial garden, I explain how meaning in our landscapes engages our communities and encourages pro-environmental behaviours. Institutions, landscape architects, and their clients, have the power to develop communities of sustainable practice and inspire stewardship at a neighbourhood scale. This paper concludes that student rental properties, like many unexplored opportunities, can contribute to urban resilience, by integrating ecological principles into places of economic, social, political and intellectual activity.
Date: 2016-05
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