Seven thousand years ago, the most important cities housed buildings surrounded by agricultural lands, a phenomenon that is reappearing.
Agro-urbanism: the return of agriculture to the city /
Ancient cities such as Mesopotamia, Machu Picchu, Tenochtitlan, combined their greatest buildings with agricultural zones within the cities and the surrounding areas. Currently an urban practice known as “self-sufficiency agriculture”, which manifests itself through indoor orchards is making a comeback for this tendency, bringing it back to the city.
Due to the popularity of a pro-environmental culture, and particularly due to our growing concern for our food —and becoming more involved with the origin of what we eat—, self-sufficiency agriculture is becoming more common. Furthermore, other alternatives exist, for example community agriculture, collective composts or cooperative orchards, which are also gaining popularity. Curiously enough, this tendency is complemented by the erection of living accommodation that makes good use of natural materials, which are very similar —visually, at least— to those that were used thousands of years ago.
Rachel Armstrong, a futurologist urban planner, believes that some natural elements such as seaweed will be incorporated in the construction of buildings as air and water purifiers. According to her, we will also use organic materials that can use solar energy.
They estimate that by the year 2050, at least 67% of the population will live in cities. Urban concentration and culture will become more and more self-gestational and sustainable which will lead us to building metropolis that resemble those that were once the home of the great civilisation. The return to urban agriculture is, without a doubt, one of the most irrefutable proofs.
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