Sustainable cities taste delicious – reinvigorating sustainable city strategies through food systems

Our sustainable urban future depends upon aligning short-term livability with long-term sustainability – the ultimate win-win. What if 50% of our food was consumed where it was grown – in cities? Our vision is to re-imagine the connection between cities and the production, distribution, and consumption of food. At the macro level this is about regional planning and urban form, at the micro level this is about utilizing existing social infrastructure like school kitchens and public space for local food production, social cooking and public dining. Gehl and collaborators are investigating how to make the urban food system part of the urban agenda. Using the public meal as an example, we will explore food systems needed to deliver affordable, local and delicious food for schools, hospitals, and other public institutions in a way that can also deliver livable and sustainable cities.