Metropolitan Food System Design (MFD)

The concept of Metropolitan Food System Design consists of two key approaches: (A) one approach is  quantitative addressing the principles of urban metabolism and ecological footprint assessment in order to pave the way for new strategies in the context of sustainable food systems (technical & design innovation); and (B) an approach where social and product innovation stands central (promotion of hospital gardening and personalized food) requiring advances in scientific knowledge and networking.  

(A) evidence-based Food System Design

Building upon the methodology developed for FOODMETRES we aim at collecting higher resolution data addressing ecological foodprint, urban metabolism and city logistics. WEnR will focus on land use assessment and cooperation with Wageningen University & Research for developing design proposal for Smart Urban Food Districts for in Amsterdam (Park21/Haarlemmermeer), Milan (Porto di Mare) en Lisbon. Activities:

(1)  MRFP Tool sub-later development on the base of LGN, and other urban data sets

(2)  Synthesis of different data layers such as infrastructure, green-grid and biomass

(3)  Smart Food District design proposal at three levels: building, street & cluster

(B) Project Hospital Gardening and Personalised Food

(1)  Strengthening the arguments for Hospital Gardening and Personalised Food

(2)  Forming a network/consortium for developing this market and for setting up a project for e.g. selection of seed goods, light/nutrient/climate recipes for ingredients and interaction in microbiology to increase ingredients/endofines/microbiomes