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RESEARCH SUCCESS FOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDENT AT UNITEC

Wednesday February 17, 2016

Shoujun Chen, a second year Masters of Landscape Architecture student, has had his latest research findings published in a peer reviewed journal in December.

Chen’s research looks at how a model for the radical transformation of an industrial food system into a locally-based sustainable model in peri-urban areas, can be developed in the Auckland region.

With population growth predicted for Auckland, there will be a rise in the food production required to feed the city (Auckland City Council, 2015). Auckland is already the country’s largest customer of food markets, but the fossil fuel based agricultural system in Auckland is still vulnerable to urban growth and climate change. Peri-urban agriculture refers to “production units close to town, which operates intensive commercial farms to grow vegetable and other crops” (Komirenko, 2008, p. 1).

In Auckland, the peri-urban agriculture is present in the periphery of current urban areas, which are located between the build-up areas and Rural Urban Boundary such as Kumeu, Belmont and Hingala. In order to provide sustainable future for our next generation, the emergence of peri-urban agriculture provides opportunities to improve the city’s food resilience and develop local food system in Auckland. The project will focus on creating a farming-center community called ‘agrihoods’ on a specific site – Special Housing Areas (SHAs) in Belmont, for the radical transformation of an industrialized agricultural system into a locally-based, sustainable model in peri-urban Auckland.

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