Growing food in the city : Design ideations for urban residential gardeners

Lyle, Peter, Choi, Jaz Hee-jeong, & Foth, Marcus (2015) Growing food in the city : Design ideations for urban residential gardeners. In Avram, Gabriela (Ed.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Limerick, Ireland, pp. 89-97.

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Urban agriculture refers to the production of food in urban and peri-urban spaces. It can contribute positively to health and food security of a city, while also reducing ‘food miles.’ It takes on many forms, from the large and organised community garden, to the small and discrete backyard or balcony. This study focuses on small-scale food production in the form of residential gardening for home or personal use. We explore opportunities to support people’s engagement in urban agriculture via human-computer interaction design. This research presents the findings and HCI design insights from our study of residential gardeners in Brisbane, Australia. By exploring their understanding of gardening practice with a human-centred design approach, we present six key themes, highlighting opportunities and challenges relating to available time and space; the process of learning and experimentation; and the role of existing online platforms to support gardening practice. Finally we discuss the overarching theme of shared knowledge, and how HCI could improve community engagement and gardening practice.

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ID Code: 83683
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Urban agriculture; food; gardening; interaction design, urban informatics; sustainable HCI
DOI: 10.1145/2768545.2768549
ISBN: 9781450334600
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM New York, NY, USA © 2015
Deposited On: 03 May 2015 23:15
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 20:43

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