Related Staff : Matthew Pryor
Students: CHEUNG Wing Ka Jasmine; LEE Hon Him Jason; ZHANG Shuqi Amber
The resources required to sustain urban life, food, water energy are supplied from an increasingly large hinterland of productive landscapes well beyond the city’s boundaries. The ecological footprint (water- energy- footprints) of a high rise high density city should now be considered at a global scale. Cross boundary resource dependence, however, is subject to political considerations. This thesis stream looks at the city as a site of production and asks the question, to what extent can a city be self-sustaining. Although urban agriculture (in its multiple forms) is the most well-known form of production, we can also think of the city’s capacity to collect water, generate power, derive material resources (through waste), sequester carbon or even produce social and physical wellbeing (happiness). Further, in identifying these potential urban products, we should consider both how and by whom. Can landscape architectural (re-)thinking at site – district – city scales help transform and shape cities so that the idea and form of production become integrated into the physical, ecological and social urban fabric.