Facing up to the UK’s Food Crisis: A Design Exploration of the Self-Sufficient City for Resilience and Food Security

Jiayi Jin*, Mingyu Zhu

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The increasing population and the aggregation of people in dense urban pockets add to the pressures on already complex and volatile global systems (WFP in Global Food Crisis, 2022). Food supply systems need to adapt and be resilient to not only natural phenomena such as climate change or the post-COVID-19 crisis, but also in resistance to socioeconomic and geopolitical disturbances. The dependency of urban populations on external food systems makes these populations vulnerable to systemic breakdowns. This research looks at the looming food shortage in the UK, authors investigate design strategies for creating a more sustainable agrarian urbanism, which includes three classic urban utopias: Frank Llyod Wright’s Broadacre City, Kisho Kurokawa’s Agricultural City and MVRDV’s Pig City. Three case studies provide ideas and notions of creating a self-sufficient city in the post-colonial era of the UK. The design hypothesis responds to the increasing pressure from population and consumption growth, and the decreasing farming land and food suppliers. The final resolved urban farming system is based on existing conditions such as waste flows and underused spaces, it adopts novel design strategies and interacts with different elements of self-sufficiency to generate a network of farms with highly dense, multi-level structures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign for Health
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the UIA World Congress of Architects Copenhagen 2023
EditorsArif Hasan, Christian Benimana, Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Martin Tamke
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783031363160
ISBN (Print)9783031363153, 9783031363184
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2023
EventUIA World Congress of Architects 2023 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 2 Jul 20236 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameSustainable Development Goals Series (SDGS)
ISSN (Print)2523-3084
ISSN (Electronic)2523-3092


ConferenceUIA World Congress of Architects 2023
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