Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Department

Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

Johanna Barthmaier-Payne

Second Advisor

Emily Vogler

Abstract

Food is an important resource for the survival and development of civilization. Its potential is so huge that it affects physical and mental health in an individual sense, and it affects landscapes and even public relations in a social sense. For most people, having food is never a problem that the importance of food is overlooked. However, the right to food is not equal. There are still a considerable number of people have low food access, which means…, and they may also be forced to be in an unbalanced diet leading to health problems such as obesity. A large amount of food and the resources used to produce food are wasted, and unsustainable production methods cause the deterioration of the production environment are problems that need to be solved urgently.

I believe it’s time to reimagine the role of food in our daily lives in terms of new ways of people participating in productive landscapes. Those landscapes can have a primary function as food production as well as secondary and even tertiary functions for example being places for public activities and education. Productive landscapes have have way more possibilities as long as we can give full play to our creativity.

In the thesis I’m going to explore the possibility of food self-sufficiency in order to shift people’s visions and engagements with productive landscapes using New Bedford region as the test ground. During the design process, there will be new transformations of land based on calculated data. Those types of land will be multi-functional combining food production, environmental justice and human engagement together.

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View exhibition online: Yiling Wang, Regional Food Self Sufficiency: New visions for productive landscapes

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