Samuel K.J Ho

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Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPUL) is a termed coined by Architects Katrin Bohn and André Viljoen in 1998 as a coherent strategy for the introduction of interlinked productive landscapes into cities bring new sustainable urban infrastructure into fruition whilst supporting a redefinition of open urban green spaces. The concept emerged out of studies and research involved in exploring the role of Urban Agriculture with primary interests in creating an infrastructural urbanism, reducing the environmental impact of Architecture which was influenced by ecological footprint print and revised discussion of Public open spaces. Urban Agriculture is slowly blossoming as a driver for developing new types of urban spaces and buildings by Architects and Designers due to its environmental benefits and, such as reducing the energy to produce and distribute food, whilst preserving bio-diversity; closing waste cycles and improving social spatial aspect of urban spaces. This research project applies the CPULs into the Urban fabric of Newcastle to address the cultivation of socially and environmentally unsustainable communities within Newcastle, as a result of de-studentification. The CPUL will be applied within an area in Newcastle that has been inflicted by de- studentification, essentially becoming a blueprint for other communities which bare similar difficulties.

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Allotments that grow Communities

The underlying implications of studentification inflicted on Newcastle has raised questions on community cohesiveness in areas that are catered to the distinct student lifestyle such as student villages. This impact has rendered areas as unsustainable both in the social and spatial sense.

This project proposes the integration of a urban farm and nursery as part of a Masterplan regeneration in the student village of Portland Green. The project seeks to articulate why urban agriculture must be embedded as as a essential driver for architects and designers due to its ability to address both social and environmental aspects.

Image 1-Productive Growing Allotments
Image 2- Outdoor Seating Impression
Image 3- Nursery Playroom Impression
Image 4- Cafe Impression
Image 5- Urban Farm and Nursery Axonometric
Image 6- Entry Level Floor Plan
Image 7- Section A-A
Image 8- Section B-B
Image 9- Section C-C
Image 10- Irrigation Diagram

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