London exhibition explores idea of growing food in towns

A vision for incorporating food production into the urban environment is being explored in an exhibition featuring 13 concepts and campaigns.

The London Yields: Urban Agriculture exhibition examines indoor vertical planting, green roofs, herbal gardens and productive landscapes. As part of the event - which opened on 9 April and runs until 30 May at The Building Centre, on Store Street - a growing "curtain" will supply produce to the centre's cafe.

In addition, the vision of a new garden city in the London Borough of Hackney is explored through designs that propose an Agriculture Action Zone (AAZ). The AAZ replaces costly infrastructure components with a self-sufficient ecology of grass roads, localised rainwater collection, organic solar films and biological compost systems.

The novel use of urban land as a productive landscape for growing food is highlighted in Bohn & Viljoen's Continuous Productive Urban Landscape concept.

The exhibition - which aims to show that sustainable urban development requires integrated food production to be at the forefront of debate - was opened by London Food chairman Rosie Boycott.

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