The Role of Networking, Innovation and Creativity in Social Responsibility to Connect Urban and Rural Environment

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In the changing world, urbanized areas and their growing population show us emerging necessity of the improvement of their social responsibility. Reaching towards this kind of civic responsibility may be carried out through the increase of networking, innovation and creativity support in the spatial planning theories and practise at the local level. Various bottom-up movements and participatory tools for engaging local people into the neighbourhood community life might help improve diversity and strengthen social responsibility of communities and individuals. This paper aims to discuss the potential of using social capital of local communities, which is inherently connected to the space and its quality, to foster local sustainability. Social capital may be expressed also by the presence and activity of different groups and individuals, including those called “urban gardeners”. Urban gardeners (or farmers) are focused on local production of food, largely for local consumption. This contribution is based on the knowledge on guerilla urbanism, community gardening, food production concepts in the urban areas and recent research of Andres Duany on agrarian urbanism. According to Duany, agrarian urbanism opens up the whole new perspectives on the role of community and considers the potential to shift leisure time activities into the commitment to the local sustainability. However, this study also attempts to extend prior research on agrarian urbanism by examining possible innovative ways of using vacant and underused spaces, such as brownfields, for the implementation of the “agrarian urbanism concept” into the planning practice.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility, Prague, 13-16th July, 2015
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