The objective of the four-year research project that resulted this a book, was to empower communities to establish their own urban rooftop farm projects, to promote healthier high-density urban lifestyles and to allow urban roof farms to contribute to the greening of the city. It addresses the unique challenges of urban farming on high-rise buildings, providing best-practice to help community groups establish roof-top farms on under-used urban roof spaces at minimal cost.
The potential for urban rooftop farms in Hong Kong alone is immense. More than 30 have been completed since the Hong Kong University demonstration farm, but the author estimates that there are at least 3000 potential sites. The edible roof project has sought to codify community-based urban rooftop farming practices so that they can be incorporated within urban land use planning and decision-making processes.
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Matthew Pryor, The University of Hong Kong
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Urban/ suburban green space
Highly commended LI Awards 2016
Study included a demonstration rooftop project
To address the unique challenge of productive farming on high buiildings
Landscape practitioner and author: Mathew Pryor, The University of Hong Kong; publisher: MCCM Creations, Hong Kong
The objective of the Edible Roof project was to empower communities to establish their own urban rooftop farms, and through that to promote healthier urban lifestyles, and to contribute to the greening of the city. The research concentrated on developing new knowledge in key areas, including:
More broadly, the Edible Roof project has sought to codify urban rooftop farming practices, (and their building, environment and spatial limitations), so that they can be incorporated within urban land use planning and decision making processes, (e.g. URFs do not come within HK’s definition of green roofs under the Sustainable Building Design Guidelines, so are not counted as green building coverage).
Knowledge of urban farming practices was generated through several different research approaches:
International case studies
Survey of URFs in Hong Kong
Action research –demonstration rooftop farm
Comprehensive technical information generated from the research is presented by subject within the book in an accessible, reference format for ease of use.