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A Panorama of Rooftop Agriculture Types

  • Joe Nasr
  • June Komisar
  • Henk de Zeeuw
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Part of the Urban Agriculture book series (URBA)

Abstract

Recent projects demonstrate that rooftop urban agriculture is not only possible but beneficial to the communities, organizations or businesses that maintain them. These undertakings vary considerably in type depending on the main objectives for cultivation (commercial, social, educational, therapeutical, ecological, or other), the technologies applied (from simple to very advanced), the type of building where these gardens or farms are located (apartment building, school, hospital, industrial building, etc.), climate considerations and other factors. The strategies for farming on a variety of building roofs, as well as the numerous types of stakeholders and their farming needs, will be discussed here. Different ways of categorizing rooftop growing can be used, taking one of the above-mentioned factors as the starting point. This section will present a panorama of different types of rooftop agriculture according to the main purpose intended for rooftop gardening or farming projects, combined with the context in which this takes place.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Studies in Food SecurityRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Architectural Science, Centre for Studies in Food SecurityRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada
  3. 3.RUAF FoundationLeusdenThe Netherlands

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