Eat your region…

Issues such as food security and food safety become more and more prominent. This, along with many other reasons of social cohesion and sustainability gives reason to develop food productive landscapes near the consumers. Urban Agriculture takes a flight, but has still the danger of ending as a hype. In order to create productive urban environments, which contribute a substantial amount of food to local consumption, food strategies must widen their scope, both in scale as in impact. The regional food potentials will determine the location where specific crops can be produced. Three scales are important: the neighbourhood, where small projects need to be well-designed in order to be accepted, the Urban level, at which the networks of water, nutrients and energy must be designed as closed cycles and the regional/national level at which resources and productivity must be balanced with the demand and diets of the population. CITTAIDEALE has developed plans and concept at each of these scales. The FoodRoofRio helps favela-residents to grow their own food on the roof of their houses. The Foodlandscape of Minamisoma connects energy, water and nutrient even cultural networks with each other in one spatial urban Masterplan. And the FishWater-Based NL project investigates the possibilities to transform Dutch food production towards a healthy diet for all its inhabitants, making use of the differences the water system offers.