DOI: 10.12924/cis2016.04010054 |Publication Date: 27 January 2017
Agricultural Land and the New Urban Paradigm: Coexistence, Integration, or Conflict?
Abstract: The relation between "urban" and "rural" has changed and developed over the last few decades. The present contribution focuses on how the relationship between these two entities has developed, highlighting how it corresponds to a growing complexity and interdependence among the two. Awareness has increased that to the extent that proper management of these interdependences can contribute to solve problems, increase economic performance and also make a contribution to a higher quality of life in and around urban areas. In this framework, green infrastructures and agriculture practices in urban areas are discussed. The contribution concludes by suggesting strategies and actions for the proper implementation of green infrastructures and urban agriculture practices at regional and local scales.
Keywords: green infrastructures; landscape; quality of life; urban agriculture; urban/rural relationships