Developing a Design-Led Approach for the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in Cities

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Developing a Design-Led Approach for the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in Cities

  • Wanglin Yan Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, Japan / Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan
  • Rob Roggema Office for Adaptive Planning and Design, Cittaideale, The Netherlands / Knowledge Centre NoorderRuimte, Hanze University Groningen, The Netherlands

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Abstract:  Urban communities are particularly vulnerable to the future demand for food, energy and water, and this vulnerability is further exacerbated by the onset of climate change at local. Solutions need to be found in urban spaces. This article based around urban design practice sees urban agriculture as a key facilitator of nexus thinking, needing water and energy to be productive. Working directly with Urban Living Labs, the project team will co-design new food futures through the moveable nexus, a participatory design support platform to mobilize natural and social resources by integrating multi-disciplinary knowledge and technology. The moveable nexus is co-developed incrementally through a series of design workshops moving around living labs with the engagement of stakeholders. The methodology and the platform will be shared outside the teams so that the knowledge can be mobilized locally and globally.

Keywords:  energy; food; moveable nexus; nexus thinking; participatory design; urban design; water



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