Designing for grassroots food production : an event-based urban agriculture community

Lyle, Peter, Choi, Jaz Hee-jeong, & Foth, Marcus (2014) Designing for grassroots food production : an event-based urban agriculture community. In Robertson, Toni, O’Hara, Kenton, Wadley, Greg, Loke, Lian, & Leong, Tuck (Eds.) Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: the Future of Design, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Sydney, Australia, pp. 362-365.

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As urbanisation of the global population has increased above 50%, growing food in urban spaces increases in importance, as it can contribute to food security, reduce food miles, and improve people’s physical and mental health. Approaching the task of growing food in urban environments is a mixture of residential growers and groups. Permablitz Brisbane is an event-centric grassroots community that organises daylong ‘working bee’ events, drawing on permaculture design principles in the planning and design process. Permablitz Brisbane provides a useful contrast from other location-centric forms of urban agriculture communities (such as city farms or community gardens), as their aim is to help encourage urban residents to grow their own food. We present findings and design implications from a qualitative study with members of this group, using ethnographic methods to engage with and understand how this group operates. Our findings describe four themes that include opportunities, difficulties, and considerations for the creation of interventions by Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) designers.

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ID Code: 77537
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Urban agriculture, Grassroots community, Food, Urban Informatics
DOI: 10.1145/2686612.2686666
ISBN: 9781450306539
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Please consult the Authors
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2014 00:24
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 16:05

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