Title: A Different Perspective on Garden Grabbing: Mapping the Adaptive Capacity of Home Food Production
Authors: Dewaelheyns, Valerie
Lerouge, Frederik
Rogge, Elke
Vranken, Liesbet
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: CORP – Competence Center of Urban and Regional Planning
Host Document: REAL CORP 2015. PLAN TOGETHER – RIGHT NOW – OVERALL . From Vision to Reality for Vibrant Cities and Regio ns Proceedings of 20 th International Conference on Urban Planning, Region al Development and Information Society pages:13-30
Conference: Conference on Urban Planning, Region al Development and Information Society edition:20 location:Gent, Belgium date:5-7 May 2015
Abstract: Current trends in urban development strive for the densification of existing urban areas. This densification
can be operationalized by the decrease and intake of domestic garden area. Yet, such densification projects
may result in potential losses with regards to the support of ecosystem services and the safeguarding of urban
adaptive capacity. The manifold of multifunctional garden spaces present worldwide offers for example
interesting perspectives for food provisioning. By developing a theoretical model to capture, quantify and
interrelate the most relevant variables and constraints of potential food production in domestic gardens,
insight is gained in the food production potential of domestic gardens. Also the influence of utility on the
household's decision on how much space and time to devote to food production was incorporated. The model
development was fostered by quantitative and qualitative data collection for the case study Flanders. These
data allowed to gain insights in the current food production and potential for food production in Flemish
domestic gardens. Such insights allow the exploration of spatial and temporal constraints of individual
domestic gardens for food production. This contributes to a better understanding of the adaptive capacity of
garden space interwoven within the urban fabric. As such, the qualities and potentials enclosed within the
existing garden area can be put next to the benefits of building these areas. Moreover, insights are gained in
points of attention when private garden areas would be addressed for food provisioning.
Description: no issn
ISBN: 978-3-9503110-9-9
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
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Division of Bioeconomics

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