Co-Creating “Smart” Sustainable Food Futures with Urban Food Growers

Heitlinger, Sarah, Clarke, Rachel, Clear, Adrian, Chopra, Simran and Dilaver, Ozge (2019) Co-Creating “Smart” Sustainable Food Futures with Urban Food Growers. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities (C&T 2019): June 3–7, 2019, Vienna, Austria. C&T (19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 114-120. ISBN 9781450371629

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Abstract

The futuristic visions, infrastructures, and developments of smart cities continue to gather pace around the world, with municipal authorities and businesses in the UK investing increasing amounts of resources into their manifestation. At the same time local communities continue to be hard hit by austerity, with more local services being affected by government cuts, with the North-East of England being particularly affected. In this paper we report on a case study that aimed to explore how the top-down, technocentric, and corporate visions of smart cities stand in contrast to the reality of grassroots communities who are dealing with the consequences of austerity. Our case study focuses on a community of urban food growers. We describe our speculative and participatory approach that we devised for co-designing “smart” urban food-growing futures from the bottom-up with local residents in a deprived neighbourhood of Newcastle upon Tyne, and reflect on how they elicited realities and future visions that stand as a counterpoint to the corporate visions of future cities.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smart Cities, Urban Agriculture, Food, Futures, Sustainability, Speculative Participatory Design
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 11:09
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 09:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39140

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