How urban food gardening fits into city planning

Evidences from Italy

Keywords: Urban agriculture, Urban Food Gardening, City planning, Urban planning, Governance


The international planning agenda is opening its attention to the integration of food systems in urban planning and, consequently, to Urban Agriculture (UA). However, what UA and, particularly,  Urban Food Gardening (UFG) mean in terms of city planning and urban space management have been less explored by the academic point of view. Here we propose a frame to  analyse UFG practices in relation with land use and zoning, land property, management and urban regulations. By an empirical analysis of a thirty case studies in Italian metropolitan cities, we show that the Italian panorama of UA practices is wide and varied, and that the recent policies aimed at promoting UFG adopt different tools, according to path-dependencies and different actors involved in defining urban agendas. However, the Italian planning system has not yet integrated UA within its planning tools in a structured way. Current trends regard to the adoption of UA-related  policies, strategies, plans and regulations has been highlighted, in order to identify possible points of attention for the development of UA in the European context.


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Author Biographies

Anna Forte, Politecnico di Torino

She is an Urban Planner, Master’s Degree in Territorial, Urban and Landscape- Environmental Planning at the Politecnico di Torino, Curriculum “Planning for the Global Urban Agenda”. The Thesis Research field focused on the interactions between Urban Agriculture and City Planning, deepening potential rising solutions for integrating Urban Food Gardening practices into Spatial Planning policies, tools and regulations at urban level in Italy. 

Enrico Gottero, Politecnico di Torino

He is an Architect, PhD in Spatial Planning and Local Development, research assistant and lecturer in the field of Landscape and Regional Planning at the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (Politecnico di Torino). His research focuses on the interaction between agriculture and rural landscapes, urban and peri-urban agriculture, urban-rural linkages, farmland preservation, agrarian urbanism, as well as food planning. He is also the author and editor of several publications, including at the international level. 

Claudia Cassatella, Politecnico di Torino

She is an Architect, PhD in Landscape Design, Associate Professor in Urban and Landscape Planning and Chair of the Faculty of Planning and Design,at Politecnico di Torino DIST. Her theoretical and applied research mainly deals with landscape planning, landscape heritage, green and blue infrastructures, rural development. Partner of the H2020 Project EFUA European Forum for Urban Agriculture. She lectured internationally in Europe and Japan, visiting scholar at The University of Tokyo, Nagoya University, University of Copenhagen. ICOMOS Expert, past-Member of the Executive Boards of UNISCAPE and of the Italian Society of Urban Planners (SIU). 


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How to Cite
ForteA., GotteroE., & CassatellaC. (2022). How urban food gardening fits into city planning. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 15(3), 397-413.