Katrin Bohn and Andre Viljoen
Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs) started to develop in London around 2005. Forty years later they were everywhere, having reached a maturity that enables us to study their success in relation to the very initial design intention.
When first mentioned around the year 2000, there was no precedent for CPULs anywhere in the world, though various attempts had been successfully started to integrate both continuous landscapes and urban agriculture into cities. As a strategy based on the genius loci of place, it was clear early on, that CPULs would have to be developed individually for each country and for each city, and that any manifesto would only provide a general framework and vision. . .
CONTINUOUS PRODUCTIVE URBAN LANDSCAPES: LONDON IN 2045
LANDSCAPE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCEPTS
Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs, pronounced See Pulls) are
• the theme of this book, and do not yet exist in cities.
• a coherently planned and designed combination of Continuous Landscape and Productive Urban Landscape.
• open urban landscape.
• productive in economical and socio-cultural and environmental terms.
• placed within an urban-scale landscape strategy.
• constructed to incorporate living and natural elements.
• designed to encourage and allow urban dwellers to observe activities and processes traditionally associated with the countryside, thereby re-establishing a relationship between life and the processes required to support it.
Continuous landscape is
• a current idea in urban and architectural theory, short se... >
Katrin Bohn is an architect and senior lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton, where she runs a design studio with Andre Viljoen. Within her urban design research, she has developed several architectural and landscape proposals, mostly centred around CPULs. Recent live projects relating to landscape and ecological building include the CUE Eco House in London (with the Low Energy Architecture Research Unit at London Metropolitan University) and proposals for community landscapes in Southwark, London.
Dr Hadrian F. Cook is a member of the Agroecology Research Group, at Wye Campus, Imperial College... >
This book is intended to contribute to the ongoing debate about the future shape of cities.
Supported by emerging international research, it presents a vision for integrating Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs) into existing and future cities. CPULs are urban spaces combining agricultural and other landscape elements within a strategy of continuous, open space linkages.
The book focuses on design and planning questions raised by CPULs and examines the various qualities CPULs can bring to the urban fabric. Chapters by Katrin Bohn, Andre Viljoen and Joe Howe present the case for CPULs, exploring the situation today, the historical context and proposals for CPUL design strategies. A series of underpinning chapters, written by specialists, develop and expand upon these issues.
With a vision and a strategy the 21st century city will be green, a healthy place for all and will generate zero net pollution. This book offers a vision and a strategy.
Productive urban landscapes have two huge challenges to address: CO2 emissions are projected to increase by two-thirds in the next 20 years, and as the global food production increases so does the number of people going hungry, with the number of urban hungry soaring.
The symbiotic relationship between a productive landscape and the human settlement system is as old as civilization. During the past 200 years that millennium-old positive relationship deteriorated into a further and further separation of town and landscape... >