Student Questions to Panel

Most of today’s presentations were about recognising and documenting problems. What is the next step? How does your work address these issues and the future?

What are the political and race issues attached to the various urban food growing initiatives in the American Mid-West?

Is there scope for urban food growing in countries like China?

What is the role of advanced technologies in rethinking cities in ecological terms?

What is the historical relationship between capitalism and politics in Chile and what is the situation now?

Are there any plans to regenerating the mining areas in Johannesburg and northern Chile, particularly with view to preserving their history and memory?

Has the rise of social media and the democratisation of the image changed or undermined the possibility of the ‘paradisiacal’ image of the US?

How significant is gold mining’s contribution to the South African economy today?

What might the future be for Detroit – say in 50 years? What might urban agriculture look like then?

Are there any specifically architectural strategies for dealing with the derelict buildings of Detroit, short of demolishing them?

What role does urban agriculture have in the establishment of eco-cities? Can a fusion of architecture and ecology contribute to the creation of semi-independent communities?

Lindsay, could you expand on your remark that ‘the section holds the secret of modernity’?

Lindsay, with the government being unwilling or unable to act on the acid-water drainage in Johannesburg, what can activists do?

Lindsay, could you expand on the student work on Johannesburg, and how they engaged with the political, social and environmental issues you talked about?

Lindsay: It is interesting that the issue of water contamination due to mining has created a connection between the what was formerly the disconnected ‘above ground’ and ‘below’. Hypothetically, should the issue be dealt with through rehabilitation of the land and water courses, will the new conversations and connections between stakeholders, above and below just stop? Is this desirable?

Lindsay, could your analysis be transpose to a debate on open cast mining? And is the situation in Johannesburg comparable to those in other mining towns?

How would a food farming network change, or work in, the city apart from food production?

Projects for urban agriculture often depend on volunteers and charitable contributions: how can these projects expand to a point where they can rehabilitate a whole city? And if this is possible, how can the grass roots ideals of the projects be kept intact, rather than become part of capitalist production?

What are the chances for urban agriculture project to become financially self-sustaining without charitable funding or ‘selling out’?

Mark, do you see potential in urban agriculture for the rehabilitation or transformation of the places you talked about?

Andre, the picture from Cuba shows food production and no people whereas the the European and American pictures show lots of people and some food. Is this significant and is it food or the social aspect which is most important to the CPUL? Or does this depend on the socio-geographic location?

Andre, do urban agriculture projects, meant to create interaction, have architectural properties?

Andre, what is the relationship between urban agriculture, dereliction, and red-tape?