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Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture

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Carrot City Canada Exhibition

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Date: September 15 - October 15, 2016
Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm (closed weekends)
Location of Exhibit: Architecture Building at Ryerson University, 325 Church Street, Toronto, Canada
Reception: Thursday September 22, 2016, 6:30pm

Carrot City Canada explores how design can enable the production of food in Canadian cities. By examining the connection between urbanism, design, and food the exhibit demonstrates how design can be used to bring healthy food systems closer to home, showcasing design work that challenges the urban-rural and form-function dichotomies. While the Carrot City initiative looks at design work from many countries, this exhibit focuses on the innovative design found in Canada. It examines the relationships between design and urban food systems according to five categories: City, Community & Knowledge, Housing, Rooftops and Components for growing.

Concerns about climate change and the distances our food travels from farm to plate have stimulated renewed interest in producing food close to where people live. Recognizing the opportunities this offers for urban design and living, the Carrot City initiative aims to disseminate ideas and knowledge about best practices in urban agriculture as well as the development of food hubs and community involvement in food production.

Carrot City was conceived by students and faculty at the Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University as an exhibit first held in 2009 at the Design Exchange (DX) in Toronto. Since then, the initiative has expanded into a traveling exhibit that has been shown in many cities around North America, Europe and Africa. A repository of information gathered for the exhibitions to date can be found on the Carrot City website (http://www.ryerson.ca/carrotcity/), intended as a research tool for anyone who is interested in the links between design and food in today's cities. The book Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture was published by The Monacelli Press in 2011.

See: www.carrotcity.org

Welcome to the Carrot City website!

Carrot City is a research initiative that explores how design can enable the production of food in cities. It examines the relationships between design and urban food systems according to five categories: City, Community & Knowledge, Housing, Rooftops and Components for growing. Building on a 2008 symposium Carrot City was conceived by students and faculty at the Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, as an exhibit held in early 2009 at the Design Exchange in Toronto. Since then, the initiative has expanded into a traveling exhibit that has been shown at a number of venues around North America, Europe and Africa. To date, content from this exhibit has been translated into French, Arabic and now also Italian. A book by the curators, based on the exhibit, was published by The Monacelli Press in September of 2011. A number of publications, presentations and symposia have also emerged from the initiative or profited from the wealth of information collected for it. The initiative aims to disseminate ideas and knowledge about best practices in urban agriculture. To that end this website contains a comprehensive repository of the Carrot City initiative and is intended as a research tool for anyone who is interested in the links between design and food in today's cities.

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