Explore how cities are governed, contested and shaped through access and control over resources and infrastructures. Develop a critical perspective to analyze the complex socio-ecological interactions that constitute cities by examining a series of case studies that involve the uneven and unjust distribution of water, sanitation and electricity supply services.
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Since the latest UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021 is highlighting that global food production and food waste is one of the major contributors to climate change, we have to find new ways of sustainable food production, transportation, consumption, and how we are dealing with food waste.
So in general, we have to seek alternatives to the global, the rural, the outsourced way of food production and we have to think about our diets. Which in consequence means: we have to change the whole current food system.
This pre-course of the course Sustainable Urban Food Systems is focussing on raising awareness about the deeper meaning of the terms “Sustainable”, “Urban”, “Food” and “Systems” and how the current Food System is created.
Together we investigate the Food Systems we are using and so are part of and try to find ways to hack ourselves into them.
The goal is to create knowledge about mechanisms of Food Systems and to understand interlinkages and interconnections of different systems. The leading question is how can we change the linear into a circular system that encloses concrete ideas of how to start a change with something in our everyday life.
The progressive growth of the urban population, cities and urbanized areas, associated with the worsening of environmental, economic and social problems, has encouraged the paradigm shift in the current urban development model. This change has also been reflected in the urban and territorial policies, as well in the instruments for planning and implementing the development of cities, which have been reoriented to find strategies and sustainable design solutions, guided by ecological values. Starting from recent approaches to territorial and urban planning, it will arrive at those of ecological urbanism, which places the project and planning as central elements to achieve sustainable results, and then return again to the theme of urban policies to deepen issues and validate guidelines urban development