FSPUD – Important New Study on Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design
This new Victorian study into future land in the city for food security looks very cogent, important as well as readable, so we thought it deserves a mention here on permablitz.net:
Food sensitive planning and urban design (FSPUD) recognises that access to healthy, sustainable and equitable food is an essential part of achieving liveable communities.
In late 2009 the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) and David Locke Associates were commissioned by the National Heart Foundation of Australia (Victorian Division) to develop a resource further articulating the idea of ‘Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design’ (first articulated by VEIL in 2008 as Food Sensitive Urban Design).
The resulting new resource – Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design: A conceptual framework for achieving a sustainable and just food system – is intended to raise the awareness of planners, architects, urban designers, engineers, policy makers, community members and elected representatives of the need to integrate food considerations into urban land use and development. It outlines:
- key areas in planning legislation, policy and processes to realise this outcomes;
- how meeting people’s food needs contributes to the broader objectives of planning and urban design, including: health and fairness; sustainability and resilience; livelihoods and opportunity; and community and amenity; and
- a challenge to professionals and the broader community to take on a stronger role in ensuring that healthy, sustainable and equitable food is available for all Australians into the future.
The resource lays out an ‘FSPUD matrix’ for exploring the integrated nature of planning objectives and the four main stages of a sustainable and resilient food system. It also contains 25 case studies, selected to highlight the range of possibilities that arise from considering food in planning decisions and urban design.
The full report and a shorter summary version were launched last week at the National Sustainable Food Summit and are available now for download from http://www.ecoinnovationlab.com/research/food-sensitive-planning-and-urban-design.