Fayetteville ‘Food City’ design wins American Society of Landscape Architects award


The UA Community Design Center’s project Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario has won a 2015 Honor Award in the Analysis and Planning category from the American Society of Landscape Architects, officials announced this week.

The project, which seeks to build food sustainability by promoting local urban agriculture, is featured in the October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine and will be exhibited at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago in November.

The project speculates on what Fayetteville might look like if the city’s growth integrated local urban food production to a sustainable enough level to create self-sufficiency.

From a news release:

Fayetteville’s population of 75,000 is expected to double over the next 20 years. In addition, although the region is the most prosperous in the state, it also has one of the nation’s highest child hunger rates.


“Food City Scenario is an urban agricultural project that aims to weave agricultural urbanism back into the city environment, with the prospect of helping Fayetteville achieve greater food security and resiliency,” said Steve Luoni, director of the Community Design Center.

The project is a collaborative plan and policy platform involving the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design along with several other UA departments and the city of Fayetteville.

Preparation of the project was sponsored in part by a grant from the Clinton Global Initiative and the American Institute of Architects under their Decade of Design initiative.

“Food City radicalizes planning discourse by centralizing the role of nutrition in creating healthy communities,” Luoni said. “Keeping in mind that cities and agriculture are energy systems, we can readily devise novel resilient and self-sufficient city forms that exponentially multiply ecological and economic capital. We are most pleased that all of the major design professions and national foundations focused on resilience have now embraced the important discussion surrounding agricultural urbanism.”

The project has so far received six other honors, including a 2015 Green Good Design Award and a 2014 American Architecture Award, both from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

To download the full project, visit the Food City page at the CDC’s website.