Conference: Getting our cities right #1: From critical urbanities to sustainable foodscapes

Rooftop garden. Photo: CHUTTERSNAP / Unsplash

Date: June 14, 2022
Date: June 14, 2022
Time: 08:30 - 15:30
Start date: June 14, 2022
Event summary: Welcome to a conference organised by the future platform SLU Urban Futures.

On the 14th of June, researchers, students and anyone active in, or simply interested in, sustainable urban development are invited to a day that elaborates on Goal #11 of the Sustainable Development Goals: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” International speakers from several disciplines will talk about urban transformation as well as the relationship between urban planning and sustainable food systems.

Our ever-growing urban areas are both responsible for the sustainability problems we face as a global community, as well as powerhouses for change. It is therefore crucial that we get urban areas on board in order to meet our global sustainability ambitions. 

The conference in Ultuna will hear from international speakers from a variety of disciplines, reflecting on the ideals, practices, policies, and processes that shape urban formation and transformation, from critical urbanities to sustainable foodscapes.

The day will begin with the launch of SLU Urban Futures’ collection of ‘Urban Voices’ reflecting on the recent pandemic, published as a dossier entitled ’Urban Disturbance: From times of upheaval to spaces for change’ and published in ‘scape’ the international magazine of landscape architecture and urbanism #18. This publication sets the scene for our international keynotes who will follow the authors of the dossier and explore themes of public space and socio-spatial change in the Global South and North, urban planning and design, urban food planning, food security and urban communities. The afternoon will use food as a lens to view the city, exploring how food shapes the urban and how the city is a site of change-making for creating sustainable foodscapes.

Venue and additional information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. Undervisningshuset, plan 1, sal L.

The event is held in English and is free of charge. Register before 7 June 2022.

The conference ends with a tour of Ultuna Permakultur.