In the latest edition of World Landscape Architecture Magazine, WLA 18, readers can learn all about Sasaki's South Taihu Lake planning project in Huzhou, China. This project directly illustrates some of the ways in which urban planning can have a meaningful place within global discussions around the future of food production. The demand for more cities and for more food show no signs of relenting, and how societies manage to integrate both—thoughtlessly or thoughtfully—will have vast impacts on every aspect of daily life. As cities continue to encroach on farmland, especially in the developing world where urban sprawl growth is significant, there is an opportunity to better orient entire cities and regions from the outset to holistically attend to a range of societal needs, including the vital need to source food.
While urban growth in the developing world can rapidly overtake agricultural lands if not kept in check, South TaiHu Lake's 1,312 hectare / 3,242 acre plan presents a viably creative alternative where agricultural uses and city-life uses can integrate efficiently and beautifully. To learn more about this project click here.
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