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Rooftop Urban Agriculture

  • Francesco Orsini
  • Marielle Dubbeling
  • Henk de Zeeuw
  • Giorgio Gianquinto

Part of the Urban Agriculture book series (URBA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Status and Challenges of Rooftop Agriculture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marielle Dubbeling, Francesco Orsini, Giorgio Gianquinto
      Pages 3-8
    3. Joe Nasr, June Komisar, Henk de Zeeuw
      Pages 9-29
    4. Tim Delshammar, Sofie Brincker, Kristian Skaarup, Livia Urban Swart Haaland
      Pages 31-36
  3. Design of Rooftop Agriculture Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Silvio Caputo, Pedro Iglesias, Heather Rumble
      Pages 39-59
    3. Alfredo Rodríguez-Delfín, Nazim Gruda, Christine Eigenbrod, Francesco Orsini, Giorgio Gianquinto
      Pages 61-81
    4. Juan I. Montero, Esteban Baeza, Pere Muñoz, Esther Sanyé-Mengual, Cecilia Stanghellini
      Pages 83-101
    5. Beatrix W. Alsanius, Sammar Khalil, Rolf Morgenstern
      Pages 103-112
    6. M. Gorgolewski, V. Straka
      Pages 113-126
  4. Rooftop Agriculture Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Ioannis L. Tsirogiannis, Francesco Orsini, Paulo Luz
      Pages 129-146
    3. Alberto Pardossi, Luca Incrocci, Maria C. Salas, Giorgio Gianquinto
      Pages 147-166
    4. Giovanni Bazzocchi, Stefano Maini
      Pages 167-193
    5. Beatrix W. Alsanius, Andrea Kosiba Held, Martine Dorais, Cecilia Moraa Onyango, Lars Mogren
      Pages 195-216
  5. Multifunctional Rooftop Agriculture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. W. Baudoin, Y. Desjardins, M. Dorais, U. R. Charrondière, L. Herzigova, U. El-Behairy et al.
      Pages 219-233
    3. Francesca Bretzel, Francesca Vannucchi, Stefano Benvenuti, Heather Rumble
      Pages 235-252
    4. Teodoro Georgiadis, Ana Iglesias, Pedro Iglesias
      Pages 253-262

About this book


This book guides architects, landscape designers, urban planners, agronomists and society on the implementation of sustainable rooftop farming projects. The interdisciplinary team of authors involved stresses the different approaches and the multi-faceted forms that rooftop farming may assume in any context. 
While rooftop farming experiences are sprouting all over the world the need for scientific evidence on the most suitable growing solutions, policies and potential benefits emerges. This volume brings together existing experiences as well as suggestions for planning future sustainable cities.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Francesco Orsini
    • 1
  • Marielle Dubbeling
    • 2
  • Henk de Zeeuw
    • 3
  • Giorgio Gianquinto
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural SciencesUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.RUAF FoundationLeusdenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.RUAF FoundationLeusdenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Agricultural SciencesUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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