CAPLA Lecture Series: Courtney Crosson: Designing Food Systems in an Urban Desert

When: October 08, 2021 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Hosted by the School of Architecture

Join us online for the 2021-22 College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture Lecture Series, featuring:

Courtney Crosson
Licensed Architect and Assistant Professor of Architecture, The University of Arizona

Adequate access to healthy, affordable food remains a great challenge in many urban areas. Among a range of interventions, urban agriculture has been identified as an important strategy to help address urban healthy food access. While urban food production is growing in popularity, the use of potable water in traditional urban agricultural installations will exacerbate gaps in water demand and availability in water-stressed cities. This lecture examines the sustainable capability of urban agriculture through an integration of alternative water resources, urban vacant land and local nutritional needs. A spatial optimization model was developed to best allocate limited resources for maximal food production to address urban food deserts. The new model is applied to test the capability of relocalized food production in Tucson, Arizona. Results highlight that urban areas with restricted water access can substantially enhance their local food production capacity in an ecologically responsible manner. This research will be used as the foundation of a future studio course that will design small-scale farms for the Pima County Sustainable Action Plan on county-owned land.

Audience: All


Campus: Virtual


United States

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Beth Weinstein

Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact: Beth Weinstein