Date of Submission

Spring 5-4-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture

Department

Architecture

Primary Advisor

Ermal Shpuza

Secondary Advisor

Pegah Zamani

Abstract

Usually when you think of agriculture, you think of a farm, of production and of profitability and not on how can cities benefit from these practices, specially informal settlements. Urban agriculture is practiced almost as a hobby in industrialized nations, but it’s a response to a need in developing countries. In the case of Ciudad Bolivar, an informal settlement on the edge of Bogota, Colombia, urban farming resulted from food scarcity and poverty. The project develops design placemaking strategies aimed at improving the built environment and, as a result, the social cohesion of the neighborhood. The thesis proposes a community where agriculture is introduced at the initial stages of the design process, with farming gardens, food markets, and a community hub that coalesce into a performative edge and mediate between the rural and urban worlds. An edge that creates a more connected and livable community, one that harvests tradition.

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