Katrin Bohn is an architect and visiting professor at the Technical University of Berlin. For the past 12 years, she has also taught architec- ture and urban design, mainly as a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton. Together with André Viljoen, she runs Bohn&Viljoen Architects, a small architectural practice and environmen- tal consultancy based in London. Bohn&Viljoen have taught, lectured, published and exhibited widely on the design concept of CPUL City (Continuous Productive Urban Landscape) which they contributed to the international urban design discourse in 2004. Katrin’s projects on productive urban landscapes include feasibility and design studies as well as food growing installations and public events, mainly for UK and German clients.
André Viljoen is an architect and principal at the University of Brighton, and with Katrin Bohn, contributes to the work of Bohn&Viljoen Architects. The publication, in 2005, of Bohn&Viljoen’s book CPULs Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities consolidated a body of research making the case for urban agriculture as an essential element of sustainable urban infrastructure. This book and the associated design concept had a significant international impact, resulting in invitations to consult, exhibit and lecture widely. In 2012, André jointly edited the book Sustainable Food Planning: Evolving theory and practice. This collection was the first of its kind to bring the disciplines of planning, design, public health and governance into dialogue to address the global challenge of food security.
Nishat Awan is a writer and spatial practitioner whose research interests include the production and representation of migratory spaces, enquiries into the topological as method and alternative modes of architectural practice. She is co-author of Spatial Agency, published by Routledge in 2011, and co-editor of Trans-Local-Act, published by aaa-peprav in 2011. She is a founding member of the art/architecture collective OPENkhana and is a Lecturer in Archi- tecture at the University of Sheffield, UK.
Gianluca Brunori is full professor at Pisa University, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment. His research activities focus on rural development strategies and on marketing of local food. Gianluca has been coordinator of the EU research project Transforming Rural Communication (TRUC) and has participated as leader of local research teams in several EU projects such as Support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture (SOLINSA), Knowledge brokerage to promote sustainable food consumption and production: Linking scientists, policy makers and civil society organisations (FOOD- LINKS) and Strengthening Innovation Processes for Growth and Development (IN-SIGHT).
Dr Nevin Cohen is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The New School in New York, where he teaches courses in urban food systems and environmental planning and policy. His current research focuses on the development of urban food policy, the use of urban space for food production, and planning for ecologically sound urban food systems. Nevin is currently working on two book projects: a study of food policy-making in US and Canadian cities and an analysis of urban agriculture projects that focus on social justice. He has a PhD in Planning from Rutgers University, a Masters in Urban Planning from Berkeley, and a BA from Cornell.
Victor Coleman’s professional training and early career as a Chartered Surveyor in local government focused on the repair and maintenance of public buildings. He is a fellow
of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and The Association of Building Engineers. Victor managed his own practice for eight years and then sold the business to Lloyds Banking Group, remaining with Lloyds as a management surveyor. The recent recession provided an opportunity to undertake international voluntary work and research. In 2012, Victor graduated with a first class honours degree in Commercial Horticulture from Hadlow College, University of Greenwich.
David Crouch is one of the expert authors contributing to CPUL 1.
A Philadelphia native, Gillean Denny obtained a Bachelors in Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University before pursuing an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge as member of the Gates-Cambridge Scholars. Gillean has been involved with a number of design-build projects, dedicated to using local resources for the development of sustainable communities. Interested in the historical developments of urbanisation and the integration of sustainable practices in modern society, she has since examined the role of the urban plan in the reduction of environmental degradation. Outside of her research, Gillean pursues interests in a variety of diverse fields from architectural history to theatrical design.
FRANCESCO DI IACOVO
Francesco Di Iacovo is Professor in Agricultural Economics at Pisa University. His research activities are focused on multifunctional and peri-urban agriculture, land planning, social farm- ing and social development in rural areas, and food issues. A member of several EU projects (SoFar, COST 866, Food- link, TRUC), he is local coordinator of the IMRD- EU-Erasmus Mundus.
Ken Elkes represents Jeremy Iles who is one of the expert authors contributing to CPUL 1.
James Godsil is co-founder of Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation. He is now the president of the Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) and Community Roofing & Restoration (CRR) and is a past president of ESHAC Inc. He is also the co-founder of Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, Milwaukee- Renaissance.com and the Indo American Aquaponics Institute (IAAI), a global coalition of development professionals and experts in their own fields of work. Between 2005 and 2010, James served on the Growing Power board. He was Milwaukee Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 and Mandi Award Navigator Finalist in 2013. In 2011, he took part in the State Department American Speakers Program in India. For his work in the Bonobo Congo Biodiversity Initiative, he received the Milwaukee Zoological Society Award in 2008. James holds an MA from St Louis University Center for Urban Programs and is a Fulbright Fellow.
Dr Mark Gorgolewski is Professor and Program Director for the graduate program in the building science at Ryerson University in Toronto. He has worked for many years as an architect, researcher and sustainable building consultant in Canada and the UK. He is a director of the Canada Green Building Council and past chair of the Association for Environment Conscious Building (in the UK). He is co-author and curator of the Carrot City book and exhibit and has written several other books and many papers. Mark has received several awards for his teaching and research and participated in various sustainable building projects, including a winning design for the CMHC Equilibrium (net zero energy) Housing Competition.
Yrjö Haila is Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Tampere since 1995. He studied ecological zoology, with philosophy as secondary subject, at the University of Helsinki and defended his PhD thesis in 1983. Later he focused on ecological changes in environments intensively modified by humans, such as cities and commercially managed forests, and more theoretically on the nature–society interface. Yrjö has published Humanity and Nature with Richard Levins, published by Pluto Press in 1992, and How Nature Speaks: The Dynamics of the Human Ecological Condition which he co-edited with Chuck Dyke, published by Duke University Press in 2006, and several books in Finnish.
Stefan Jordan has been a professional grower since 1984. He started in the UK as a YTS horticultural trainee taken on full-time in field-grown nursery stock. He moved to Poland for two years with the Institute of Pomology and Floriculture in Skierniewice. Back to the UK, Stefan studied for an HND in commercial horticulture at Writtle College to then take up a sandwich placement in France on organic top fruit farm and nursery stock with Pépinières Bordet. He worked there for many years before returning to the UK and lecturing in horticulture, forestry and arboriculture at Hadlow College in Kent. In this latest time, he had the opportunity to grow various crops in as many growing systems, and was equally fortunate to get his students involved with a variety of national and local food growing initiatives.
June Komisar is an architect and an associate professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University in Toronto. She has a professional degree in architecture from Yale University and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and an associate of the Ryerson Centre for Studies in Food Security. Her research interests include Brazil ian architecture, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, as well as socially responsible design. June is a co-author of Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture, with Mark Gorgolewski and Joe Nasr, as well as co-curator of the exhibit Carrot City.
Dr Howard Lee trained initially as an ecologist (MSc ecology), but then moved into agriculture as a government potato breeder, combined with lecturing at Queen’s University Belfast. In 1990, he took a Senior Lectureship at Wye College (University of London) and subsequently at Imperial College where he initiated, directed and taught on Britain’s first MSc in sustainable agriculture and rural development (SARD). He moved to Hadlow College in 2004 and has lectured there until now. In 2006, he started Britain’s first Foundation Degree in sustainable land management and continues to lead and teach on various aspects of sustainable agriculture to a range of degrees. Howard helped initiate the HadLOW CARBON Community and facilitated a community allotment on College land, which continues to be managed by village families and assisted by College staff and students.
Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen is a freelance researcher and author on urban agriculture as well as a garden activist. After her doctorate, a study about the first women’s movement in Germany, she became an associate professor/ lecturer at the Department for Political Sciences and Sociology at the Free University of Berlin. She teaches at various universities in Germany and abroad. Her research addresses issues such as food cultures, globalisation, small-scale agri- culture and community gardening, subject areas on which she has written and co-edited a number of books. Elisabeth is a co-founder of the Allmende-Kontor community garden on the former airport of Berlin-Tempelhof and recently founded three ‘intercultural gardens’ in Oldenburg.
Kevin Morgan is Professor of Governance and Development in the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff University. His food research interests cover public food provisioning, community food enterprises and urban food strategies. He is the co-author of The School Food Revolution: Public Food and the Challenge of Sustainable Development, published by Earthscan, and Worlds of Food: Place, Power and Provenance in the Food Chain, published by Oxford University Press. In addition to his academic research, he is actively involved in food policy activity in his capacity as a member of the Food Ethics Council, the chair of the Bristol Food Policy Council and coordinator of the AESOP sustainable food planning group.
Dr Joe Nasr is an independent scholar, lecturer and consultant based in Toronto. He co-curated the travelling exhibit Carrot City, now adapted into a book and website repository. Joe has taught and held postdoctoral fellowships at a number of universities in several countries. He is a regular lecturer at Ryerson University and an Associate at its Centre for Studies in Food Security. He coordinated a training course on urban agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa. Joe is co-author or co-editor of four books, including the seminal Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs and Sustainable Cities, and author of dozens of articles.
Philipp Oswalt is an architect and writer. From 1988 to 1994 he worked as editor for the architectural journal Arch+ and, in 1996/97, as architect for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam. He taught as Visiting Professor for Design at the Technical University Cottbus (2000–2002) and, since 2006, has been Professor for Architecture Theory and Design at Kassel University. Philipp was the initiator and coordinator of the European Research project Urban Catalysts (2001–2003) on temporality in urban space, financed by the European Commission programme City of Tomorrow. He was also chief curator of the international research and exhibition project Shrinking Cities for the German Cultural Foundation (2002–2008) and co-curator of Volkspalast (2004), on the cultural use of the former Palast der Republik in Berlin. Since 2009 he has been director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
JORGE PEÑA DIAZ
Jorge Peńa Diaz is one of the expert authors contributing to CPUL 1.
Marit Rosol has worked since 2006 as lecturer and researcher at the Department of Human Geography in Frankfurt/Main. She received her PhD from the Geographical Institute at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the same year. Prior to that, she studied Urban and Regional Planning in Berlin and Madrid, Spain. In 2012, she finished her habilitation research project on the question of ‘governing through participation’, based in parts on her empirical work in Vancouver, Canada. Her main focus in research and teaching consists in connecting processes of urban development with social theory. She also specialises in urban and landscape planning, urban gardening as well as participation studies. She has been working on the topic of community gardening since 2002.
Graeme Sherriff is one of the expert authors contributing to CPUL 1.
Mikey Tomkins is a PhD student at the University of Brighton. His research looks at community food growing as an everyday practice and its potential contribution to concepts of urban agriculture. He is also a beekeeper, having kept bees in central London since 2000. In 2010, Mikey became project officer at Sustain, running the Capital Bee campaign for two years. The campaign facilitated apiaries in 50 communities through a dedicated training programme. Latterly it campaigned for a pesticide-free London. Capital Bee formed part of the overall Capital Growth campaign to support community food-growing in London.
In the style of naming one’s land and landscapes, from ‘Walden’ to ‘Farm’, places inspired by self-reliance and conviviality, Urbaniahoeve in Dutch means ‘the city (as a) farmyard’, indicat- ing the ready-built city as the place where we might ‘get ourselves back to the garden’. Urbania- hoeve, Social Design Lab for Urban Agriculture is artist Debra Solomon (art director), art historian Mariska van den Berg (writer/researcher of bottom-up public space infrastructure), and historian Annet van Otterloo (producer and project coordinator of artistinitiated urban regeneration). Critical spatial practice comprises action research, creating spatial planning visioning for municipalities, and working with communities to build an edible ecological framework into our urban neighbourhoods.
Yuneikys Villalonga holds a BA in Art History from the University of Havana (2000) and is a curator and art critic working with Lehman College Art Gallery/ CUNY, New York. She is a contributor to the magazine Art Experience: New York and part of the curatorial team of the project Artist Pension Trust. Yuneikys worked as a curator at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (2000–2004) and as a lecturer at the Higher Institute of Art (2000–2004) and the Behavior Art Workshop, led by artist Tania Bruguera (2005–2006) in Havana. In 2004, she won the National Prize of Curatorship from the National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists.
Sabine Voggenreiter, MA, studied literature, philosophy and the history of art in Marburg. In the 1980s she was in charge of the Pentagon Gallery in Cologne. In 1989, she founded the PASSAGEN design festival, which takes place each year and has become the largest design event in Germany. In 1999, together with Kay von Keitz, she established the architecture forum plan – Architektur Biennale Köln, a flagship project that is part of the building culture initiative of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development of the land North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2008, she won the EU competition Create NRW concerning the development of a creative neighbourhood in Cologne, Design Quartier Ehrenfeld – DQE. Sabine organises and curates exhibitions and arranges competitions, workshops and symposia in the fields of design, architecture and art. She is the editor of numerous publications. In 2012, she was awarded Cultural Manager of the Year of the City of Cologne.
Richard Wiltshire is one of the expert authors contributing to CPUL 1.