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Edible Map walk, Newcastle May 2015
On the roof of the Royal Festival Hall

This site bring together some of the current and past work related to food production within urban or crisis situations. It is by no means complete but it is an attempt to offer a contact point for some of my work and open up dialogues. The main subject of my work, either academic, art based, or practical, is urban agriculture (UA). Edible City Maps refers to an ongoing project to create provocative and inspiring images of what the food producing city might look like. The maps form part of a participatory walking project.

This is a broad term and encompasses primary food production as a response to some immediate or specific crisis such as urban sustainability, climate, or refugees. Broadly, the term UA describes the practice of growing food (vegetables, fruit, livestock and other products) within cities or dense human settlements, often produced intensively, to be consumed by within the same location. It directly engages with built or human-centred spaces as a food producing environment including horticulture, new technologies such as indoor aquaponics, as well as support services such as education and sales.

The argument isn’t that such environments should produce all their daily food, but that they could produce a portion of their daily food becoming more resilient and less reliant on imports. It is not urban isolation; food grown in cities is a contribution to our overall food supply while will come from a variety of sources. I completed as MSc in Architecture, writing my thesis on the potential for food growing in London, as well as a PhD in the school of architecture and design at Brighton University.

Please contact me at mikeytomkins at g mail dot com for any questions.