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Edible cities of post-anthropocene: a bio-tech household

Jones, Cynan and Davidova, Marie ORCID: 2021. Edible cities of post-anthropocene: a bio-tech household. Presented at: The City and Complexity – Life, Design and Commerce in the Built Environment, London, England, 17-19 June 2020. Published in: Lastman, Robert ed. AMPS Proceedings Series 19.1. The City and Complexity. AMPS Proceedings Series , vol.19.1. AMPS, pp. 222-235.

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The paper discusses a concept for edible mushroom indoor cultivation through combining biology and technology. The research by design is based in a full scale prototyping which has been replicated in a number of situations Illustrated in three case studies, the paper will unfold concepts that might be critical to the future of our cities and regions: • Food security - the system allows high production of the mushrooms from substrate production to harvesting on a small area and it is purely dependent on territorial resources. • The Circular economy - the farming uses local material and energy as well as its production and waste are locally consumed and circulated. This has positive impact on local community sustainability, culture, and economy. • The Foundational economy- The foundational economy is built from the activities which provide the essential goods and services for everyday life, regardless of the social status of consumers. In essence, it is an economic model based on a community’s needs and assets (human and built) rather than the traditional model of wants fuelled by mass consumption. The system supports sufficient production of nutrients for all in the territory. • Sustainable production of clean, healthy, and nutritional food - Following initial set up costs (in the region of £6000), the running costs are minimal. Recent research work by the first author has discovered ways of making the system more energy efficient. All aspects of the growing process ensure that the food is healthy and nutritious. The work is a practice led research where the main investigator is the farmer himself, a ‘first person practitioner’ . Addressing the today most burning questions of food security, social-natural and economical sustainability, inequality and scarcity, the authors believe that the research has a strong potential both, globally, as well as locally with a local specific agro-architectural application for Post-Anthropocene cities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Uncontrolled Keywords: edible landscape; post-anthropocene; circular economy; foundational economy; food security; mushroom cultivation
Publisher: AMPS
ISSN: 2398-9467
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 5 November 2020
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 10:24

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