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SLAKTHUSOMRÅDET AS A FOODSCAPE: Exploring sustainable systems for local networks of food production and distribution in Stockholm
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Urban Design. (Urban Planning and Design)
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
SLAKTHUSOMRÅDET SOM ETT MATSKAP : Utforska hållbara system för lokala nätverk för livsmedelsproduktion och distribution i Stockholm (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Within the past 15 years, the concept foodscape has become a pivotal point for research about food chain, policies and ethics. It could be defined as a multiplicity of sites, networks and spaces where food is found and/or consumed (Winson, 2004), as structures in society forming the food envi-ronment (Burgoine et al, 2009), in a design approach as the exploration of the meaning of the space, place and attributes used for eating (Sobal and Wansik, 2007) or as the interacting process of what is eaten, where and by whom (Dolphijn, 2005). This is also related to the today’s debates about how the food production could decrease the emissions or how the urban design can turn into a system which will increase people’s awareness about food.

The most debatable issue of the food is about meat, since it consumes alarming quantities of water thereby implying the need for adopting strategies that will shift the diet patterns so as not to undermine the ecological foundations. However, this idea is rather difficult to be implemented so alternative ways of giving solutions to the problem should be found. Urban design and planning for sustainable food systems, from production to consumption, has become a trend that could contribute to increase people’s awareness about food and engage cities with the sustainability’s aspects. Moreover, it is the necessary ingredient for (sustainable) cities. Landscapes and cities are shaped by food and the daily routines, the politics and economics as well as the human survival depend on it.

Having the general and the worldwide food issue as a starting point, this thesis seeks to define ways of integrating sustainable food systems in Stockholm. The study area was selected to be Slakthusområdet, in the South of the city, since it used to have a strong meat history and it currently carries out some of the stages of processing and distributing food to the whole city. The idea of sustainable food planning can build a type of sitopia (food + place): a society in which food based values are commonly shared and practiced (Steel, 2008). Using the food as a lens, various forms of sitopia can be interpreted so as Slakthusområdet can function as a food-scape.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 9 p.
Keyword [en]
Slakthusområdet, food, planning, production, distribution
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-124154OAI: diva2:633209
Subject / course
Urban Planning and Design
Educational program
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
2013-05-28, red tent, Östermalmsgatan 26, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-07-01 Created: 2013-06-26 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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