The Melbourne State Of Design Festival this year features a keynote address from Carolyn Steel a british architect and author with an interest in how we feed our cities with a focus on urban agriculture.
Date: Thursday 21 July, 2011
Time: 6.15pm – 7.30pm
Bookings: PURCHASE TICKETS
Phone: 03 9650 3963
Location: BMW Edge, Fed Square
From the event website:
"Australia is one of the most urbanised countries on earth. In Victoria, nearly 75% of the population lives in major cities. Do not miss this important keynote address that will inspire new thinking around how we can sustainably feed our growing metropolises.
Carolyn Steel’s keynote address will highlight how feeding cities arguably has a greater social and physical impact on the planet and us than anything else we do. Yet, too few of us in the developed world are aware of the process. Food arrives on our plates as if by magic, and we rarely stop to wonder how it might have got there.
Recent extreme weather and peak oil prices have sent the cost of food soaring, while supermarket price wars mean produce is being valued at unsustainably low levels. The conversation around how cities can be designed more productively with appropriate pockets of urban agriculture and smarter food networks, is one that we need to consider seriously. This lecture will stimulate discussion around food security, accessibility, production, consumption and distribution."