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Urban rooftop farming : sustainability, practices and stakeholder perception on case studies in Europe (Torino, Paris, Rotterdam)

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Urban rooftop farming : sustainability, practices and stakeholder perception on case studies in Europe (Torino, Paris, Rotterdam).

Rel. Roberto Albano, Alfredo Mela, Emanuela Saporito. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Per Il Progetto Sostenibile, 2017


The thesis focuses on rooftop farms as innovative tools to create social impact and sustainability in urban areas and describes results form a qualitative investigation of 3 case studies in Europe that answer two main research questions: 1. Which are the local practices and policies developed by these 3 municipalities for the implementation of rooftop gardens and how has actually been the process of realization of these projects? 2. Who are the stakeholders and groups of interest around these topics, which is their perception about the sustainability of rooftop farming and what impact have actually had rooftop community gardens in their social lives? As the results reveal, the situation in these 3 cities in Europe is very different, as OrtiAlti is the first project of its kind in Turin, realized recently, in May 2016, and faced difficulties in front of the absent strategies and policies of the city, whereas Paris is in a midway situation, having a considered number of rooftop farms and recent policies and strategies to increase their number; and Dakakker is a consolidated project with an established community and supported from the beginning by the local government, through an innovative process of multi stakeholder participation.

Relators: Roberto Albano, Alfredo Mela, Emanuela Saporito
Publication type: Printed
Subjects: U Urbanistica > UK Pianificazione urbana
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Per Il Progetto Sostenibile
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-04 - ARCHITECTURE AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/6154

0 Preface

0.1 Motivations and assumptions

0.2 Research objectives

0.3 Methodology

0.4 Bibliographic research on Rooftop Farming

0.5 Qualitative investigation on case studies

0.6 Outline of the thesis

1 From evolution to innovation

1.1 The new urban agenda - from development to wellbeing

1.2 The innovation

1.3 The social innovation

1.4 The introduction of rooftop farming in the contemporary city

1.5 The green movement

1.6 Urban agriculture: From greening to farming

1.7 From the ground to the roofs

1.8 Rooftop farming typologies

1.9 Typologies according to the spaces and technology

1.10 Typologies according to the purpose of project

2 Rooftop gardens: Innovative tools for sustainability.

2.1 Social dimension

2.2 Food production social benefits

2.3 Social issues of green infrastructures for urban regeneration

2.4 Benefits

2.5 Limits

2.6 Community empowerment and well - being

2.7 Empowerment

2.8 Education

2.9 Well - being

2.10 Confrontation of empirical studies on community gardening

2.11 Environmental issues

2.12 Green building

2.13 Urban microclimate

2.14 Resource management and biodiversity

2.15 Environmental issues related to food production and distribution

2.16 Economic issues of rooftop farming

2.17 Rooftop gardens for production

2.18 Rooftop gardens for image return

2.19 Rooftop gardens that increase the real estate value

3 Urban policies and strategies on urban rooftop farming

3.1 Worldwide cases of strategies for simplifying the process of implementation of rooftop gardens

3.2 Policies and strategies at global level

3.3 Adaption to climate change

3.4 The new urban agenda - Smart cities

3.5 Policies and strategies at local level

3.6 Innovative urban governance

3.7 Multi stakeholder processes

3.8 Shared administration

3.9 Insight from 3 case studies: Urban governance and policies in Torino, Paris and Rotterdam

3.10 Torino

3.11 Urban, social and economic context

3.12 Local policies connected to rooftop farming

3.13 Paris

3.14 Urban, social and economic context

3.15 Local policies connected to rooftop farming

3.16 Rotterdam

3.18 Urban, social and economic context

3.19 Local policies connected to rooftop farming

4 Investigation on processes and stakeholder related to rooftop farming

4.1 Case Studies: The process of implementation of OrtiAlti, Dakakker, Topager

4.2 OrtiAlti Ozanam

4.3 Dakakker

4.4 Vignoles gymnasium community garden

4.5 Process of implementation of rooftop gardens

4.6 Comparison of processes between case study projects

4.7 Stakeholders

4.8 Perception of the stakeholders about rooftop farming sustainability

5 Impact on the community

5.1 The Methodology

5.2 Personal values and motivations of project participants

5.3 Social cohesion

5.4 Social impact and benefits






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