Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL) research

CPULS title

Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL) is a design concept advocating the coherent introduction of interlinked productive landscapes into cities as an essential element of sustainable urban infrastructure. Central to the CPUL concept is the creation of multi-functional open urban space networks, including urban agriculture, that complement and support the built environment.

The concept grew out of design research exploring the role of urban agriculture within urban design and was first articulated and designed for in 1998 (Bohn&Viljoen Architects). Following the publication of Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities (ed. Andre Viljoen, Architectural Press: 2005), the concept has received international attention and entered into the contemporary design discourse.

Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn are currently developing the concept within the university and through Bohn&Viljoen Architects.

Recent work has focussed on dissemination and development of the concept through international exhibitions, conferences, cross-disciplinary research and live projects at a range of scales.

We are particularity interested in exploring research ideas with potential PhD candidates.