Urban Gardening as Disruptive Design Practice

By Maria Frangos and Lorenzo Imbesi.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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Over the past decade, there has been a steady emergence of community engagement in urban food production. This paper considers how design activism is expressed through urban gardening and how citizens are seeking to transform and challenge the quality of urban space through two case studies. By situating urban gardening within design, the paper proposes new platforms of engagement for designers, while considering a more inclusive model of what constitutes design practice.

Keywords: Urban Gardening, Design Activism, Urban Intervention

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 9, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.135MB).

Maria Frangos

Graduate Student, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Lorenzo Imbesi

Professor, Department of Planning, Design, and Technology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy