Kilbirnie Laneway

Sustainable Design Strategies

The city is now home for the majority of the world’s population. Over the next twenty years the move to the city is expected to increase with the world’s urban population projected to rise to almost 5 billion (United Nations, 2007). As the urban environment grows, becoming the primary site of human habitation, the need to consider urban food production becomes more evident.

Large cities import many tonnes of food per day from national and international sources exacerbating the problems of a food production and supply system that lacks resilience and is energy hungry. Currently food production and supply is inextricably linked with oil (Halweil, 2002) – the development of local, city based agriculture begins to detach food production from the oil economy. In an edible city food production can become a part of the local economy, with wider advantages coming from the greening of the city, the building of community networks and better health through access to fresh produce.

With the Wellington City Council Urban Design Unit as a research partner we aim to use Wellington as an urban research laboratory. The Urban Design Unit presented its 2040 plan to Council last week – this document aims to identify an appropriate future vision for the city and identify key issues facing the city. Multiple urban design strategies have been developed within the 2040 plan – but urban food production has not been addressed.

This project explores the issues around urban food production, as part of a larger Massey research project – the findings from student and academic staff research will be presented to the Urban Design Unit and may form part of a submission to council on the 2040 plan.

In groups, students were asked to develop a concept design for a linear park and urban orchard / farm which extends the length of the laneway, from Queens Drive near the town centre to Tirangi Road at the beach and design a section of this park to detail which includes urban furnishings, event space, one or several vege plots and part of the urban orchard

Studio: Urban Research Lab: Edible Cities / suburban foodscapes
Studio leader: Amanda Yates
Design critics (WCC Council): Sophie Burtt, Averill Clarke, Sherilyn Hinton.
Invited speakers: Allanah Ryan (MU), Anna Harley (WCC)

Projects:

Eddy Lane

A linear beachscape links sea to town, its street furniture formed by the reuse of [&hellip...

Growers Way

An architectural landscape becomes a public outdoor lounge, dining room and kitchen garden Studio: Urban [&hellip...

Heritage Orchard

An extended edible garden becomes a site for community connection Studio: Urban Research Lab: Edible [&hellip...

Kilbirnie Market

A new market becomes a site for the sharing of local produce and the reintroduction [&hellip...

Rongotai Community Orchards

Jewel-like glasshouses and edible landscaping revive a strip of under-utilised suburbia. Studio: Urban Research Lab: [&hellip...