Scholarly biography and interests
Andre Viljoen is a leading figure in the field of urban food production, its rationale, urban and architectural design implications. Much of his research is undertaken collaboratively with colleague Katrin Bohn, and is cross disciplinary, engaging with artists, design, planning and development practitioners/researchers and the public. He has also led pedagogic research into teaching and learning in design. Currently he contributes to the undergraduate and postgraduate architecture programmes, is Deputy Chair of the Ethics Committee and sits on the Research Innovations Leaders group within the University’s Arts and Humanities Programmes. He joined the University of Brighton in 2001, acting as subject leader for undergraduate architecture.
Andre is Chair Person of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Sustainable Food Planning Thematic Group, and a member of the founding editorial board for the academic journal, “SITOPOLIS - The Journal of Urban Agriculture and Regional food systems”.
He studied architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology prior to completing a Masters, with distinction, in Architecture (Energy and Environment) at the University of East London. Before joining the University of Brighton, He was deputy director of the Low Energy Architecture Research Unit (LEARN), based within John Cass / London Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture.
At London Metropolitan University Andre taught across all programs and oversaw a Masters programme in sustainable architecture. Significant pieces of European Commission supported research into sustainable architecture undertaken within LEARN, included the design development of daylighting systems for an extension to the archaeological museum at Delphi and for De Rossio railway station in Lisbon. Another strand of his research investigated the environmental impact of building materials.
He and Bohn have contributed to, and set up, international conferences, exhibitions and workshops presenting architectural design research. Following the 2005 publication of "Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities", the number of invitations by academic, and civic organisations has expanded to include research and dissemination activities in public and professional audiences in Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. Additionally, invited articles about the concept have been published widely, including in China, Korea and Russia.
The United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies, 2010 Policy Report, Cities, Biodiversity and Governance: Perspectives and Challenges of the Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the City Level, referrers to the Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes concept as “a powerful urban design instrument for achieving local sustainability while reducing cities’ ecological footprints” (Pp 31-32).
In 2015, the book Second Nature Urban Agriculture, edited by Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2015 President's Medal for outstanding university located research. This follows a 2007 shortlisting for the same award of their earlier book, Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs).
Prior to joining academia Andre worked in architectural practice and continues to undertake some research led work within Bohn and Viljoen Architects.
Number of items: 20.
Bohn, Katrin and Viljoen, Andre
Food and urban design: urban agriculture as Second Nature?
In: Naccarato, P. and LeBesco, K., eds.
The Bloomsbury handbook of food and popular culture.
Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 169-183.
Viljoen, Andre, Schlesinger, Johannes, Bohn, Katrin and Drescher, Alex
Agriculture in urban design and spatial planning
In: de Zeeuw, H. and Drechsel, P., eds.
Cities and Agriculture: Developing resilient urban food systems.
Earthscan Food and Agriculture
Routledge, Oxford, pp. 88-120.
Viljoen, Andre and Bohn, Katrin
Second Nature Urban Agriculture: designing productive cities
Viljoen, Andre and Bohn, Katrin
Scarcity and abundance: urban agriculture in Cuba and the US
Architectural Design, 82 (4).
Laboratories for urban agriculture
Wiley; Architekturzentrum Wien, Architectural Journal, UK; Exhibition Publication, Hong Kong.
Viljoen, Andre and Wiskerke, J.S.C.
Sustainable food planning: evolving theory and practice
Bohn, Katrin and Viljoen, Andre
The edible city: envisioning the Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL)
FIELD, 4 (1).
Viljoen, Andre and Bohn, Katrin
Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL): designing essential infrastructure
LA China (Landscape Architecture China), 9 (1).
Viljoen, Andre and Bohn, Katrin
Continuous Productive Urban Landscape(CPUL): essential infrastructure and edible ornament
Open House International, 34 (2).
Bohn, Katrin and Viljoen, Andre
CPUL food and the city
Bohn, Katrin, Viljoen, Andre and Penna Diaz, Jorge
In: Hardy, S., ed.
Environmental Techtonics: Forming Climate Change.
Architectural Association, London UK, pp. 148-149.
Viljoen, Andre and Bohn, Katrin
The Continuous picnic and what you can do with the city
CCA, Montreal, Canada and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Viljoen, Andre and Bohn, Katrin
Everything is Continuous
In: Borasi, G. and Zardini, M., eds.
Actions: what you can do with the city.
The Canadian Centre for Architecture and SUN publishers, Montreal, Canada, pp. 202-211.
Viljoen, Andre, Ward, Lynne, Aling, Michael, Cohen, Dana, Maiden, Margaret and Miller, Philip
Open Architecture: process and product
In: Hart, A., Maddison, E. and Wolff, D., eds.
Community University Partnerships in Practice.
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, pp. 150-157.
Viljoen, Andre and Bohn, Katrin
Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: urban agriculture as an essential infrastructure
Urban Agriculture Magazine (15).
CPULs Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities
Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs): Designing Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities
Bohn, Katrin, Viljoen, Andre and Pena-Diaz, J.
London Thames Gateway
[Report (for external body)]
Roaf, Susan, Viljoen, Andre and Bohn, Katrin
In: Roaf, S., ed.
Closing the Loop: Benchmarks for sustainable building.
RIBA Enterprises Ltd, London, UK, pp. 189-210.
Bohn, Katrin and Viljoen,, Andre
The environmental impact of building materials
In: Roaf, S., Fuentes, M. and Thomas, S., eds.
Ecohouse 2: A Design Guide.
Architectural Press, Oxford, pp. 42-66.
Other research activities
- In Review: Invited “keynote paper” for a special edition of the refereed journal “Landscape and Urban Planning” following up the work of the EU COST Action “Urban Allotment Gardens”. This paper will be co-drafted with members of the Arts and Humanities Research Network RC funded “productive landscapes international network” (http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/utppp), and will contextualise allotments / community gardens within the wider concept of productive urban landscapes.
- Refereed chapter for the international NGO Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF foundation - Netherlands) decennial “state of the art publication” on international developments in urban agriculture. Viljoen, A., Schlesinger, J., Bohn, K. and Drescher, A. (2015). Agriculture in Urban Design and Spatial Planning. In: de Zeeuw, H. and Drechsel, P. Cities and Agriculture: Developing resilient urban food systems. Oxford: Earthscan. pp89-120.
- Chapter for a professional report commissioned by Angela Brady, Past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Viljoen, A. and Bohn, K. (2015). Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing the productive city. In: Brady, A The British Papers Current thinking on sustainable city design. London: RIBA Publishing. pp 45-46.
- Publication of a Chinese translation of the 2005 CPULs book, edited by Viljoen (Architectural Press). Publisher: CABP China Architecture and Building Press.
- Book chapter with Katrin Bohn. Why we need small cows: Ways to design for urban agriculture. Ed. Roggema & Greg Keefe, VHL University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.
- Book: Second Nature Urban Agriculture – designing productive cities will be published by Routledge. Authored and edited by Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn this book is the follow up to their seminal work, Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs) – designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities.
- Invited book chapter, Bohn, K. and Viljoen, A., 2013. Urban Agriculture: Designing the productive city. In: CITIES trancity*valiz, eds. 2013. Farming the City: Food as a tool for today’s urbanism. Creative Industries Fund NL, pp. 45-49.
- Exhibition Catalogue for Architecure Biennale Koln 21.-28.09.2012, Cover image from reseach project "Cuba Laboratory for Urban Agriculture", and references to Bohn&Viljoen Architects project A scale of 1:3 pp32-33 and Fruit Orchard on Gruener Weg pp30-31, Von Keitz, K. and Voggenreiter, S. (2012) Plan 12: Architecure Biennale Koln 21.-28.09.2012. Secenario Liveable City. Ministy for Building, housing, planning and traffic, Nordrhein Westfalen.
- Book / Exhibition catalogue, Bohn&Viljoen Architects. (2012). Laboratories for Urban Agriculture: Havana to Milwaukee. In: Krasny, K. Hands-On Urbanism. The Right to Green. Hong Kong: MCCM Creations. pp 10-21.
- Architectural Journal, Viljoen, A. and Bohn, K. (2012). Scarcity and Abundance: Urban agriculture in Cuba and the US. AD Scarcity: Architecture in an Age of Depleting Resources, pp 16-21.
- Edited book of refereed papers: Viljoen, A. and Wiskerke, S.C. eds. (2012) Sustainable Food Planning: evolving theory and practice. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
- Context setting chapter: Wiskerke, J.S.C. and Viljoen, A. (2012). Sustainable Urban Food Provisioning: challenges for scientists, policymakers, planners and designers. In: Viljoen, A. and Wiskerke, S.C. Sustainable Food Planning: evolving theory and practice. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers. pp 19-35.
- Reviewed chapter: Viljoen, A. and Bohn, K. (2012). Planning and Designing Food Systems, moving to the physical. In: Viljoen, A. and Wiskerke, S.C. Sustainable Food Planning: evolving theory and practice. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers. pp 385-392.
- Reviewed chapter: Bohn, K. and Viljoen, A. (2012). The CPUL City Toolkit: planning productive urban landscapes for European Cities . In: Viljoen, A. and Wiskerke, S.C. Sustainable Food Planning: evolving theory and practice. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers. pp 479-493.
- Case study in book: Bohn&Viljoen Architects. (2012). An Opportunity Map for Köln-Ehrenfeld. In: Tyszczuk, R., Smith, J.,Clark, N. and Butcher, M. ATLAS: Geography, Architecture and Change in an Interdependent World. London: Black Dog Publishing. pp 106-107.
- Invited to contributethe forward with K. Bohn to the 2011,US / Canadian book “Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture”(authored by Gorgolewski, M. Komisar, J. and Nasr, J.). The book explores how design can enable the production of food in cities by examiningthe relationships between design components and urban food systems. Carrot city is accompanied by anextensive international travelling exhibition (translated into 3 languages) and web site (http://www.ryerson.ca/carrotcity/).
- Chapter in report: Viljoen, A. (2011). Ouled Ahmed Research Competition - Designing and Defining a New Essential Infrastructure. In: Giseke, U. Urban Agriculture Casablanca. Berlin: Technical University of Berlin. pp 12-13.
- Refereed proceedings, Keynote paper at International Conference: Viljoen, A., Bohn, K., Tomkins, M. and Denny, G. (2010). Places for people, places for plants: evolving thoughts on continuous productive urban landscape. In: Prosdocimi Gianquinto, G., Chiusoli, A. Landscape and Urban Horticulture: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference held at the University of Bologna. Acta Hort. (International Society for Horticultural Science) 881:57-65
- Chapter in journal: Bohn, A. and Viljoen, A. (2010). The Edible City: Envisioning the Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL). Field Journal. 4 (1) Sheffield: University of Sheffield. pp.149-161
- Author with Katrin Bohn (lead), commissioned 7 page lead article for LA China (Landscape Architecture China) editor Ed Kongjan Yu: Bohn, K & Viljoen, A 2010, ‘Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL) Designing essential infrastructure’, LA China, Landscape Architecture China, vol. 9, no 1, pp. 24-30.
- “Spaces for people, Spaces for plants” refereed paper for publication in Journal of International Society for Horticultural Science. Status, submitted for review, awaiting reviewers comments. Lead Author Andre Viljoen, with Katrin Bohn, Mikey Tomkins & Gillian Denny
- Lead author for refereed article in journal “Open House International” journal edited by Prof. Vikram Bhatt, McGill University, Article Title: Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL): Essential Infrastructure and Edible Ornament , Andre Viljoen & Katrin Bohn. Open House International: Designing Edible Landscapes, Vol. 32 No. 2 June 2009, pp 50-59.Urban International Press
- Author with Katrin Bohn (lead) and Jorge Penna Diaz, design entry CPULS4TG2016 in book “Environmental Techtonics: Forming Climate Change, Ed Steve Hardy, AA Agendas No6, 2008, Architectural Association
- Author with Katrin Bohn (lead), commissioned article for European Architectural Magazine “VOLUME 18” 6 page piece titled; CPUL food and the city, Katrin Bohn & Andre Viljoen pp- 140-145, plus citation of Bohn & Viljoen London Thames Gateway Study in “The Complex History of Sustainability pp 35-40. Volume 18 After Zero, Ed A Oosterman, 2008, Stichting Archis
- Lead author with Katrin Bohn, commissioned article for exhibition catalogue for the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s exhibition Actions: What you can do with the city. Article Andre Viljoen & Katrin Bohn “Everything is Continuous: The Continuous Productive Urban Landscape”. Catalogue Edited by G. Borasi and M. Zardini, 2008, publishers CCA – SUN pp202 – 211
- Refereed abstract accepted by the journal, Open House International, issue title 'Designing Edible Landscapes'. Paper Title: Continuous Productive Urban Landscape CPUL: Essential Infrastructure and Organic Ornamentation, 3000 – 3500 words (September). Publication date summer 2008
- Lead author for chapter titled 'Cuba: Laboratory for urban agriculture' in One Planet Agriculture 60th anniversary publication by the soil association. Planned publication date spring 2007
- Published Paper (refereed): Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn, 'Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: urban agriculture as an essential infrastructure', in The Urban Agriculture Magazine, December 2005, pp34-36 (published as separate editions, translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Turkish)
- Invited Speaker Cityscape Conference and Exhibition, Andre Viljoen & Katrin Bohn. Contribute to green space network connections seminar, Presentation CPULs and Thames Gateway London, 21st September
- Submission to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, for their investigation into Urban Development, Andre Viljoen & Katrin Bohn. Submitted August
- Book Published: Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs) Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities, Andre Viljoen (Editor) and with K Bohn (principal author), February. Published by the Architectural Press: RIBA book of the week, and cited as suggested reading by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, for their investigation into Urban Development
- Chapter 14 Land-use co-author of the chapter with Susan Roaf and Katrin Bohn, in Closing the Loop: Benchmarks for Sustainable Buildings, by Roaf, S., with R.Gupta and A. Horsley, RIBA publications Ltd., London
- Greening the flats of London: Environmental monitoring report, Viljoen A., Bohn K., Spring, Building for a future, Vol 11, No.4
- Life cycle analysis of thermal capacity and embodied energy. Viljoen A., Anderson J., (May). Invited contributor to RIBA/TIA CPD Workshop: Thermal Mass In Buildings 31st. Presentation on the joint paper with Jane Anderson of the Building Research Establishment
- Chapter in the book Ecohouse: A Design Guide, Viljoen A., Bohn K. (June) and subsequent editions (2007 3rd edition). Chapter on 'The Environmental Impact of Building Materials'. Editor Prof Susan Roaf. Architctural Press, pp38-62, ISBN 0 7506 4904 6
- Chapter in the book, 'City Fights' debates on urban sustainability. Bohn K., Viljoen A. This chapter provides a critical response to texts on strategies for sustainable cities. Editors Mark Hewitt and Susannah Hagan. James and James, pp112-121, ISBN 1 902916 17 4
- 13th Venice Biennale (2012) & Architekturzentrum Wien Austria. Hands on Urbanism Exhibition 1850 – 2012: The Right to Green. Includes Bohn and Viljoen's documentation of Cuban urban agriculture exhibited as the case study: "No oil, No sugar" Curatated by Elke Krasny. Austria: March 2012 – June 2012, Venice: August to November 2012. http://www.azw.at/page.php?node_id=3&page_id=744&lang_id=en (accessed 29th April 2012).
- WAS IS/SS/T EHRENFELD? A 1:1 workshop, installation, exhibition and implementation, as part of the International Arts & Architectures event “Plan 10” and Architectur Biennale Koln (21.-28.09.2012) in Cologne, Germany. Project includes practical installation of a community fruit garden, developing an opportunity map, and proposition for a "Low Line Linear Park". Bohn and Viljoen Architects (led by Katrin Bohn) working with Dirk Melzer (Landscape Architect). October 2010 to October 2012.
- INSIDERS: PRATIQUES, USAGES, SAVOIR-FAIRE international art and architecture exhibition by arc-en-rêve centre d'architecture and CAPC. Bohn & Viljoen Architects, were invited to develop a piece for the exhibition and with Cuban colleagues curator Y Villalonga and Prof. JP Diaz developed an illustrated dialogue, titled 'THE GÜNT(H)ER PROJECT : WHAT DOES URBAN AGRICULTURE ACTUALLY REVERSE?' October 2009 to February 2010 at l'Entrepot Lainé, 7 rue FerrÃ¨re, Bordeaux, France
- The Stroom Foodprint Exhibition, Den Haag, Bohn & Viljoen Architects were invited to exhibited CPUL maps, collages and statistical data at "Foodprint", for this international art and architecture exhibition on food and the city curated by Marieke Berkers for Dutch arts organisation Stroom The Netherlands, Jun 2009 - Aug 2009
- Exit Arts, New York City, Vertical City Farming Exhibition, including The Shoreditch Triptych a commissioned 3-piece architectural proposal for a site in London by Bohn & Viljoen Architects Mar 2009 - Jun 2009
- Carrot City Exhibition, Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada. An architecture and urban design exhibition at the Design Exchange Toronto, Canada, showing, amongst others, CPUL designs by Bohn & Viljoen Architects Feb 2009 - Apr 2009
- 'Actions: What you can do with the City' Travelling international exhibition curated by the CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture),an exhibited at the CCA in Montréal, 26th November 2008 and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, 19th April 2009 and 15th October 2009 – 15th March 2010,including material documenting Bohn & Viljoen Architects recent “Continuous Picnic” event which formed part of London Festival of Architecture 2008
- The International Biennial of Saint Etienne: City Eco Lab. 15 - 30 of November 2008, including Andre Viljoen’s documentary images from the research program, “Cuba Laboratory for urban agriculture”
- THE CONTINUOUS PICNIC. Installation and public event exploring relationships between London and local food production. Commissioned from Bohn & Viljoen Architects by London Festival of Architecture 2008, Funded by LFA, Arts Council and a LONDON DEVELOPMENT AGENCY: Small grants for sustainable food for London grant of £4380, Arts Council £5000, London Borough of Camden, Creative small grants award, £500
- DOTT 07 Festival Exhibition, Baltic Square, Newcastle: 16th -18th October. Exhibition of outcomes and proposals arising from the two year Design Council led 'Designs of the Times' project. Bohn & Viljoen formed part of the team developing the Urban Farming project in Middlesbrough and developed a large scale 'opportunity map' for the DOTT 07 exhibition, proposing strategies for the introduction of Urban Agriculture into Middlesbrough
- Global Cities Tate Modern Turbine Hall: Summer 2007. CPULs book is included within an installation by the US architect Fritz Haeg. This installation forms one of the commissions by a group of six artists and architects – Nigel Coates; Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher; Fritz Haeg; OMA*AMO/Rem Koolhaas; Nils Norman; and Richard Wentworth – which explore the local context through issues such as sustainability, public space and social inclusion
- NAI (Netherlands Architecture Institute) 'The Edible City'. 3 March – 22 June, Maastricht. Exhibiting Bohn & Viljoen Design Proposals for buildings and cities including Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes
- Proyecto Batiscafo Exhibition in Havana (November). Presenting results of the Gasworks month long residency in Havana
- Lighthouse/Brighton film festival digital moving award (November). Presenting work by Andre Viljoen and collaboration between Andre Viljoen and Tom Phillips RA
- Setting up Urban Nature Conference 29th June 2001. Run as part of Architecture Week. Topic: 'Urban Agriculture and landscape strategies for the Sustainable City'. The first conference on this topic to be run in the UK, bringing together leading researchers in the field
- EUROPAN Exhibition travelling international exhibition. Exhibition opens in Geneva, includes Bohn & Viljoen’s Europan Entry for Sheffield
- Architecture Week Exhibition, London, November. Work by Bohn & Viljoen at Conservation and Urban Ecology, London
- Exhibition of the Ecological Design Association, Bristol (July and November). Work by A. Viljoen
Invited speaker at conferences2015
- Keynote Speaker: At the 5th Rencontres Internationales de Reims on Sustainability Studies. Urban Agriculture, Fostering the Rural-Urban Continuum: Speaking to the theme "Integrating agriculture into urban development projects". Hosted by the International Research Centre on Sustainability, University of Reims Champane-Ardenne.14th October 2015
- Keynote Speaker: For EU COST Action meeting on European Allotments. Topic pathways from practice to policy. Venue Bermingham 3rd of September 2015.
- Invited Speaker: at Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture (SCHOSA) Beyond Building Performance: Architectural Research, Practice and Education SCHOSA Conference, topic “Food in our lives” 9/10th April 2015, RIBA, London
- Keynote address: 6th International Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Sustainable Food Planning Conference. Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Title, “Transformations and Innovations” – Introducing the AHRC Urban Transformations Network and AESOP “Young Professional / Researcher’s” food planning group. 5-7 Nov. 2014
- Hadlow College, Kent. Public Sustainability Workshop titled, “Does urban food planning mean a food-secure Britain.” With Agro-ecologist, Dr Howard Lee, Andre Viljoen jointly delivered a day long workshop exploring the concept of CPULs and how it could contribute to a food secure Britain. 9th of July 2014.
- Invited by the International Urban Food Network to deliver an introductory lecture on the theme of New Space - New Design, as part of the international Land for Food workshop held at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. (25th April 2014).
- Invited by Ghent University’s faculty of engineering and architecture’s Building Physics Research Group to deliver a keynote lecture on the work of Bohn & Viljoen, as part of a weeklong student design workshop. (31st March 2014).
- Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, invited to deliver public lecture on the CPUL concept. 21st November 2013.
- Manchester International Festival, Biospheric Project. Invited to deliver public lecture on Food and the City, plus discussion with Marco Clausen, co-founder of Prinzessinnengarten urban farm in Berlin. (17th July 2013).
- UN Chair on “World Food” invitation for presenation on “Urban Agriculture and Urban Design” Theory, Prototypes and Practice. to members of the SurFood program funded by the French Agropolis Foundation. Montpellier. (22nd April 2013).
- University of Amsterdam and sLIM (Stichting Intensief en Meervoudig Ruimtegebruik / Foundation for Intensive and Multiple Land use) invitation to deliver lecture on urban farming to post graduate students from the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. Amsterdam (16th January 2013).
- Invited as guest speaker to launch two initiatives in the Leeds city region: the Urban Food Justice social platform funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council, UK) and the Feed Leeds network supported by Leeds City Council. Presentation Title: “Urban Agriculture for a sustainable future: contemporary examples from Europe and the USA” Leeds 20th October 2012, venue, Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, Leeds.
- Carrot City Exhibition and Public Seminars, Birmingham UK 2012: Invited lecture, Making Urban Agriculture Happen, The CPUL city tool-kit and Laboratories for urban agriculture - USA. Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, 19th April 2012.
- Norwegian Festival of Architecture 2011: Invited lecture on the CPUL concept, hosted in Tromsø by the Nord-Norges Arkitektforening: (Norwegian Association of Architects). Part of a series of events titled, Urban Nature spireboks: forelesningskveld, exploring the role of nature within cities and tools for transforming urban space. 16th of November 2011.
- AESOP 3rd Sustainable Food Planning Conference 2011: Invited to give key note lecture based on research into urban agriculture in the USA, titled, “Urban Agriculture is Happening”. Cardiff University, School of City and Regional Planning/ Sustainable Places Research Institute, 28-29 October 2011.
- “Scales of Nature. 48thWorld Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architecture (IFLA). 27-29 June 2011, Zurich Switzerland, Invited to contribute introductory presentation to the “Food Urbanism” sessions organized by Craig Verzone. Present paper titled “CPUL City: An evolving design strategy and case for food urbanism.” Co authored by Prof. K Bohn & Phd candidates M. Tomkins & G. Denny
- "International Conference on Urban Agriculture and Sustainability", 7-8th May 2011, Seixal, Portugal, invited to present opening paper at this conference organized by Municipality of Seixal in partnership with the National School of Public Health, New University of Lisbon and Support Group for Sustainable Development of Agriculture's Urban Agrarian School of Coimbra. Alcançar Paisagens Urbanas Produtivas Contínuas na cidade (CPUL), passando da teoria à prática. Achieving the CPUL (Continuous Productive Urban Landscape) City, moving from theory to practice.
- Municipality of Copenhagen, Urban Agriculture Denmark, 18th May 2011. Invited to deliver a paper at this conference. The Mayor of the Technical and Environmental Administration will be attending and participants are handpicked people from the municipality, businesses, city planners, NGO's, volunteers and so on. The purpose of the conference is to open up a discussion of where and how urban agriculture can fit into Copenhagen and especially how the municipality can help promote and support it.
- Architecture Sans Frontières -UK Summer School at the Eden Project. Edible Places 2: urban innovation for a food cycle. Bohn & Viljoen Architects invited to run a day long CPUL workshop. Saturday 4th September 2010
- Institute of Welsh Affairs, “Food in the city conference”, to coincide with publication of a new food strategy by the Welsh Assembly Government. Invited speaker, 24th May 2010.
- Ecobuild Seminars, “Sustainable by design seminar” as part of London's annual sustainable building trade fair Andre Viljoen presents the CPUL City concept. ExCel Earls Court, London 2nd March 2010.
- 1st European sustainable food planning conference. Invited to participate in this "agenda setting European conference" organised by AESOP, ISOMUL and the Rural Sociology Group Wageningen on Friday, 9 October 2009 and Saturday, 10 October 2009 at Stadslandgoed De Kemphaan, Almere, The Netherlands
- Andre Viljon & Katrin Bohn where invited to contribute to an international symposium. As part of the "Foodprint: Voedsel voor the stad" (Food for the City) exhibition run by Dutch art organisation Stroom In 'Foodscapes: Kansen voor een Eetbare Schilderswijk' Bohn&Viljoen discussed the introduction of productive landscapes into Dutch city Den Haag with food artist Debra Solomon. The Netherlands, Jun 2009
- Invited as keynote speaker for the 2nd International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture, Bologna, Italy June 2009
- Invited to present a paper at the Brighton Biosphere Conference 30 -31st October 2008
- Invited to present paper to workshop at the European Forum for Architectural Policies Conference, Bordeaux France, 9th – 10th October 2008
- Invited panel member for discussion session within the Greater London Authorities’, Growing Food for London conference, 30th June 2008
- Invited as keynote speaker to an international conference hosted by Ryerson University, titled “The role of food and agriculture in the design and planning of buildings and cities”, Toronto, Canada 2 - 4 May 2008
- Invited Lecture with Katrin Bohn, at the Stockholm Museum of Architecture as part of the museum’s “Cities” lecture programme. Bohn & Viljoen Architects invited to deliver a lecture on CPUL’s. 19th February 2008. Arkitekturmuseet, på Skeppsholmen, Stockholm
- Invited as guest to ‘Dirt Café’ Water Salon round table, 18th September. Run as part of The London Design Festival 2007, Dirt Café is an experimental forum for debate between specialists. This invitation was made to participate in a discussion about water, its role in design and sustainable development
- Invited speaker at 'Greenspeak' presentation and debate. With Caroline Lucas MEP, Green Party Member of the European Parliament. Topic, Fuelling a Food Crisis - the impact of 'peak oil' on food security. Brighton 17th April
- Selected as Project Leader for Doors Of Perception 9 International Round Table and Conference. The theme was 'Juice: Food, Energy, Design'. Doors 9 began with a two-day Project Leaders Round Table/workshop limited to 50 invited participants. This was followed by an open-to-all one day conference at India Habitat Centre, plus a Social Technologies Bazaar. Venue: New Delhi, 28 February to 4 March
- Invited Plenary Speaker at the Soil Associations 60th Anniversary Conference 'One Planet Agriculture' preparing for a post-peak oil food and farming future. Title of presentation: Agriculture without external inputs: The Cuban Experience. Other presenters in clued Jonathan Porritt, Dr Colin Campbell, Dr Jeremy Leggett, Richard Heinburg, Rob Hopkins and Peter Melchett. 26-27 January, Cardiff
- Oral Presentaion at the Convención Científica de Ingeniería Y Arcquitectura, Havana. Andre Viljoen, Katrin Bohn & Dr Jorge Peña Diaz. 'Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPUL’s) as essential infrastructure'. 28th November – 1st December
- Invited Speaker to the 'Explorers Club' part of DOTT07 (A 10 year long Arts Council funded programme, Design of The Times, to develop and test methodologies which allow communities to develop proposals for sustainable futures.) The topic relates to Urban Farming, and Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes. Newcastle 14th September
- Invited Speaker, Cupp conference, Andre Viljoen, Mike Aling & Phil Miller - 'Community-university partnerships for community-university benefits' presentation about the work of 'Open Architecture' live projects, Brighton 6th and 7th April
- Radio New Zeeland interview of Katrin Bohn and Andre Viljoen by Bryan Crump (12 December). Discussing the works exhibited in the Utilitarian Dreams Exhibition held in Brighton (2005) and their relationship to sustainable urban design
- Invited Speaker Ash Sakula Architects Public Summer Lecture Series, on theme of 'Edible Cities,' Andre Viljoen & Katrin Bohn. London (July)
- Invited Speaker, 'Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability' International Conference, 'Food Security in an Energy Scarce World,' Dublin, Andre Viljoen & Katrin Bohn. Infrastructure based solutions: Urban and Peri Urban Agriculture, 23-25 June
- Invited Speaker to international, Rural Design Forum Conference: 'Architecture and Agriculture, Rural design and architecture after CAP reform: designing the future EU post-agricultural rural landscapes, economies and settlements,' Andre Viljoen. Agriculture and Architecture: Presentation: Don’t forget the food: rural agriculture & urban agriculture, 22nd - 23rd June. DEFRA York
- Oral Presentation on 'Measures of regeneration' Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn, delivered at Congress CATH 2004 Philosophy of Architecture/The Architecture of Philosophy, Bradford (July)
- Oral presentation on Productive Urban Landscapes, Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn: Delivered at the International Federation of Housing and Planning: Spring Conference London (June)
- New Economics Foundation Event, 'The Bigger Picture' Bohn & Viljoen Architects invited to run a public workshop on Urban Agriculture, London Oxo Tower, 24th October 2009
- Utilitarian Dreams: Havana. The Brighton dialogue. A public presentation and illustrated discussion to mark the publication of catalogues by the British Council and Gassworks/Triangle arts trust documenting Utilitarian Dreams Havana, a collaborative project between artists and architects based in Havana, London and Brighton. Funding for Cuban partner provided by the School of Architecture and Design and the event funded by the Faculty of Arts Centre for Research and Development. 22nd October 2009, University of Brighton
- Architecture Foundation, London. 'Talking About the Future' Bohn & Viljoen Architects invited to contribute to the artist Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Salon, 'Library for the future' project. 17th October 2009
- The Royal University of Fine Arts, Dept. of Architecture in Stockholm. Invited with Katrin Bohn by Prof. Henrietta Palmer to lead an urban agriculture workshop for postgraduate students at, Topic 'Beyond Oil' proposals for Shanghai in post oil scenario. 20 - 22 February 2008.
Citations and reviews
- Review by Rob Hopkins: Founder of the “Transition Network” and “Transition Towns” of book Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities, Described as “pretty extraordinary & hard to recommend it highly enough”. Review Date 21st October 2014. ( (Accessed 28/11/2014).
- The book Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes – Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities, edited and co-authored with K. Bohn (2005 Architectural Press) was named as one of the top four books on Urban Agriculture. (On Land 8 web site: (Accessed 3/7/2013) Land8.com.
- The city of BOBO DIOULASSO, in Berkina Faso (West Africa), working with UN Habitat and Dutch agency RUAF, is proposing to use the CPUL strategy as a model for urban agriculture planning. This form part a programme titled: “Integrating urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry in city climate change strategies (http://www.ruaf.org/node/2423).”
- Hardman, M., 2012, Conference Report 3rd AESOP Sustainable Food Planning, Thematic Group Meeting, Cardiff, 28-29 October 2011. Town Planning Review Journal, Volume 83 No 4 2012, pp. 489 – 494. The report notes, “The last plenary was presented by Andre Viljoen (University of Brighton) and a “household name” in the urban agriculture research field”….. “Viljoen’s inspiring presentation was followed by an overall discussion of the meeting…”. It also includes citations for the Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (2005) book (ed. Viljoen) and Sustainable Food Planning, evolving theory and practice (2012) book (ed. Viljoen & Wiskerke).
- Säumel, I. et al., 2012, How healthy is urban horticulture in high traffic areas? Trace metal concentrations in vegetable crops from plantings within inner city neighbourhoods in Berlin, Germany. Environmental Pollution Volume 160 January 2012, pp.124-132. The lead author for this paper, in personal communication has said that it was written following hearing my presentation at the 2nd international conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture held in Bolgna, June 2009. The paper cites “Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (2005) ed. A. Viljoen”.
- The new DUTCH CITY OF ALMERE is designing prototype “CONTINUOUS PRODUCTIVE URBAN LANDSCAPES” see: Jansma, J.E. and Visser, A.J. (2011)Agromere: Integrating urban agriculture in the development of the city of Almere, in: Urban Agriculture Magazine, no 25, pp 28-31, Online available:http://www.ruaf.org/sites/default/files/UAM%2025-Agromere%2028-31.pdf (Accessed 10th Octoberber 2012).
- A design based on Bohn & Viljoen Architects Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL) concept has won the 2011 Graduate Student Design Project Competition within the European Commission funded programme, Education in University Curricular and Architectural Training in Europe (EDUCATE) http://www.educate-sustainability.eu/home (Accessed 11 September 2012). The first prize was awarded to Stavros Zachariades from the University of Bath, for his entry: The Ark: Continuous Productive Urban Landscape Market.
- Leeds Sustainable Development Group 2011. An independent local group. Draft Paper: The future of city living: taking the long view on sustainable planning and development of Leeds city centre south. R Unsworth 30 March 2011. References Bohn & Viljoen’s research work in Cuba and the CPUL concept. http://leeds-sdg.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/The-future-of-city-living.pdf, Accessed 13th Feb 2012.
- United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies, policy report cites Bohn and Viljoen’s CPUL concept: "As the rule of interdependent adjacencies in urban ecology has it: the more diversity, and the more collaboration “between unlikely partners”, the better the chances for biodiversity, sustainability, and resilience (Hester, 2006). Linked to this idea is the concept of Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs), which represent a powerful urban design instrument for achieving local sustainability while reducing cities’ ecological footprints (Viljoen, 2005).” From the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies. 2010. Cities, Biodiversity and Governance: Perspectives and Challenges of the Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the City Level: Policy Report. UNUIAS: Yokohama. Pp 31-32.
- LANDSCAPE (journal of the landscape institute - UK), Autumn 2010, reference to CPULs book, and interview with Katrin Bohn about the CPUL concept and role of urban agriculture in sustainable urban design, in Reclaiming Detroit: Could urban agriculture save our cities by George Bull and Luke Edwards, pp24-27, Landscape, published October 2010, Editor George Bull.
- BBC 1 television. 7th March 2010, Andre Viljoen interviewed about urban agriculture and Bohn & Viljoen’s designs for vertical farming systems and food growing facades on"Countryfile".
- BBC 2 television. 8th July 2009, Bohn & Viljoen Architects Hydroponic Balcony shown within a two part program about the Hampton Court International Flower Show.
- Nature, Vol 459, 18 June 2009, quotes from interview with Andre Viljoen about urban agriculture’s role in cities and refers to Bohn & Viljoen Architects work in the Building Centre (London) and Exit Arts (New York City) exhibitions about design proposals for and prototype urban agriculture installations. In article “Seeds of an edible architecture city” by J. Whitfield. Pp 914-915.
- ICON Magazine, Issue 072 The Edible City, June 2009, Ed J. McGuirk, cites Bohn & Viljoen Architects CPUL concept & projects in article titled “Something amazing has happened, Farming has become fashionable. But only if you are in the middle of a city”. By W.Wiles, publisher Media 10 Ltd, pp 60-78.
- Transforming Research, University of Brighton Publication, entry “putting down roots in the city”, describing K. Bohn & A. Viljoen’s urban agriculture research & projects. Pp 124-5 publisher Marketing and Communications, University of Brighton.
- BBC Radio 4, Farming Today. Interview by Melanie Abbott about potential for integrating urban agriculture into London. Saturday 28th June 2008.
- City Eco Lab Book List, Biennale internationale design, Saint Etienne, France (2008) CPULs book feature in the "must read" list given to visitors to City Eco Lab. See: www.doorsofperception.com/archives/2008/12/city_eco_lab_bo.php (accessed 03/02/09).
- Publication of Bohn & Viljoen Architects “CPUL opportunity map” for Middlesbrough in the book, DOTT 07 Manual, Wouldn’t it be great if ……., author John Thackara, 2007, publisher DOTT07 – Design Council, pp 82 – 83.
- CPUL’s book shortlisted for RIBA Presidents award for research for outstanding university located research, 2007.
"Andre Viljoen has put together a book of the most profound importance at this point in history. How will we feed our cities beyond the age of cheap oil? Does the old concept that the cities are for people to live in and the countryside is for growing food in still have any relevance when our cheap transport system is no longer able to function? Viljoen argues not. We should view our cities as much in terms of being productive spaces as we view our rural areas."
(Review by Rob Hopkins, 26 Apr 2006 on 'Transition Culture')
"...an astounding book"
(Debora Solomon 7th June 2006 on 'Transition Culture')
"CPULs is a compelling vision for urban planners and (landscape)architects. The book is loaded with truly useful facts and case studies yet somehow remains a riveting read for lay-folk. ....... I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I hope that its concepts are embraced by those who are in a position to implement urban planning of this nature. The notion of CPULS deserves to feature prominently in design and architecture curricula, informing a new generation of people designing our cities and potentially our well-being through our access to healthy food."
(Debora Solomon, 9th June 2006 on 'Culiblog')
"This is an important book that both challenges and contributes to current urban thinking. It is both inspiring and practical, reminding of us that sophisticated high density urban life can benefit from looking to examples from such places as the traditional Chinese city or current practice in Cuba to ways in which we can develop a more ecological and healthy way forward. If we are to be serious about sustainable urban development then these questions of greening the city and of local food production and distribution, are of immense importance. This is not a grand plan, but one that can be applied to both old and new areas in an incremental manner. It is now up to all of us to apply the lessons learnt with a sense of urgency wherever we may live."
(George Ferguson, President of RIBA, Director of Acanthus Ferguson Mann, UK)
"Continuity and productivity are intrinsic qualities of landscapes, which urban regions must reinstate for psychological, environmental and economic reasons. As an alternative to sprawl or hyper-density, Viljoen, Bohn, and Howe's vision is important, fleshed out enough to be debated productively. Reinforced with diverse essays by thinkers from differing countries and backgrounds, this book provides tangible concepts for regional adaptation."
(Kim Sorvig, Research Assoc. Professor, University of New Mexico, School of Architecture & Planning, Contributing Editor, Landscape Architecture Magazine)
"This book is a 21st century breakthrough in defining an urban design/planning conceptual approach to re-incorporating a productive landscape, including agriculture, into the human settlement (CPULs)."
(Jac Smit is president of the Urban Agriculture Network and founding member of the global Resources Center for Urban Agriculture)
Citations for DOTT07, urban farming project in Middlesbrough (Bohn & Viljoen, advisors)
- Blueprint Magazine (July 2007) 'Dott07 : Who designs your life?' 20-page special within the magazine between pp66 + 67
- Citations for Proyecto batiscafo, Havana, Cuba (November 2006). A month-long international residency in Havana, Cuba, concluding with an exhibition. A.Viljoen
- Triangle Arts Trust / Gasworks website (accessed 20th August 2007) and the Batiscafo web site (accessed 20th August 2007)
Citations for, 'Closing the Loop: Benchmarks for sustainable building', (2004) RIBA publications
- Peter Clegg web review for RIBA bookshop, accessed August 2007. www.ribabookshops.com/item/closing-the-loop-benchmarks-for-sustainable-buildings/33068/
- Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) web review by Paola Sassi Accessed June 2007
- Institute of structural engineers web review by Edward Hoare, accessed August 2007. www.istructe.org/library/View_Review.asp?ID=17&bhcp=1
- 'Get Sust!' pre publication web review January 2004, accessed August 2007. www.get-sust.com/newsletters/issue3.html#reviews3
Citations for 'Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs)' Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities, Andre Viljoen Editor, February 2005. Published by the Architectural Press
Citations for Chapter in the book Ecohouse: a design guide, Viljoen A., Bohn K. June 2001 and subsequent editions (2007 3rd edition) Chapter on The environmental impact of Building Materials Editor Prof Susan Roaf, Publisher, Architectural Press, pp 38-62, ISBN 0 7506 4904 6.
- Royal Institute of British Architects Bookshop book of the week: CPULs book of the week, February 14th, 2005
- Web Review by Rob Hopkins, Published on 26 Apr 2006 on Transition Culture. Accessed 29th June 2006. http://transitionculture.org/essential-info/book-reviews/cpuls/
- Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution: Urban Environment Timetable, Theme and Evidence for the Study. Page 5 lists CPULs book as suggested reading. Accessed August 2007
- Doron, G. (2005). Urban Agriculture: Small, Medium, Large. Architectural Design Food + the city Vol 75 No 3 (Guest-edited by Karen A Franck), pp 52-59
- DOTT Design of the times web site, notes presentation on CPULs & DOTT programme. Accessed September 2006
- Continuous productive urban landscapes proposed for Bakersfield California, Accessed 4th August 2006
- CPULs broadcast, 10th May 2007, Climate Outreach & Information Network, A. Viljoen (recording from soil association presentation)
- Citations for The Edible City Exhibition, Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Maastricht (March to June 2007)
- World Changing, reviews part 1 & 2, June 21st 2007. 8 pages total
- Baunetz Woche 19, 8 pages, April 2007
- Volkskrant review, 8th June 2007, 2 pages
- Museum, NL, 2 pages, 12th June 2007
- Uitburg, 2pages, March 2007
- 'Solar Trade Organisation' (web review), 22.9.2001 for Ecohouse 1
- 'Green Building Magazine' (magazine review), June 2004 for Ecohouse 2 by Eric Parks. www.buildingforafuture.co.uk/summer04/ecohouse.pdf
Grants and awards
EU Erasmus Intensive Programme: “How Town Planning Can Integrate Urban Agriculture In The City Regeneration”. This award facilitates the development of Research Informed Teaching. In addition to Brighton, the project includes academic partners from Italy, Germany, Turkey, Czech Republic, France and Bulgaria. It provides the University of Brighton with 7000 Euro to fully fund 6 places for students to attend a 13 day international workshop (April 2014) in Turin.
- University of Brighton Sabbatical Bid. To undertake primary research into emerging urban agriculture practice in the USA, prepare material for a new book titled “making the CPUL City” and draft an AHRC research fellowship bid. Value £20K.
- School of Architecture and Design, Research Remission Award, One day per week additional research remission time for academic year 2009/10.
- 2009 Partner in 'Harvest Brighton and Hove' a collaborative bid made to the 'Big Lottery, local food, Beacon Grant Award' Total value of bid £500 000, of which £15,000 will come to UOB. AV is the University of Brighton representative on the project steering group. The School of Architecture and Design (AV led) is committed to in kind support for design research (integrated into teaching programme) and the School of Environment and Technology (Prof. Neil Ravencroft) is evaluating the project. Principal delivery partners are, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, Food Matters and University of Brighton, and several community organizations
- 'The Continuous Picnic' (Bohn & Viljoen Architects): July 2008, London Festival of Architecture, Action based community research installation. Value of awards: £9880. Small grants for sustainable food for London grant of £4380, Arts Council £5000, London Borough of Camden, Creative small grants award, £500
- Short listed for the ‘Outstanding University-located research’ category, within the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Awards for Research, for Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs) Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities, Andre Viljoen (Editor) and with K Bohn (principal author), February 2005. Published by Architectural Press
- 'Proyecto Batiscafo' International Residency and Exhibition in Havana (November): awarded by Gasworks (Part of Triangle Arts Trust). Andre Viljoen and Katrin Bohn
- Invited to participate in a month long residency in Havana, working with Cuban artists who participated in the Utilitarian Dreams Exhibition. The residency and exhibition extends Bohn & Viljoen’s design research into the qualities of open urban space and public attitude to urban landscape. Value of award: £13107 (Triangle Arts Trust £3565, British Council £4870, School of Architecture and Design £4672)
- 'Lighthouse/Brighton Film Festival Digital Moving Award', October. Awarded commission by the Arts Council/Brighton Lighthouse, for development of installation reflecting open urban space qualities in Brighton and Havana, collaborating with Katrin Bohn, Tom Phillips, Glenn Longdon-Thurgood, and Cuban Artists Yuneikys Villalonga Hernández, Pável Acosta Proenza, Alejandro González Méndez and José Fidel García Valenzuela. Value of award: £7700 (Arts Council/Lighthouse £3245, British Council £1200, School Architecture and Design £2750, Int. Rel. Office £500)
- 'For Real', June, funding from the ADC-LTSN for a review of the extent of 'live practice' within 3D design education in the UK and its potential contribution to curriculum development within the ADC subject area. Total value of award: £7557.67 (ADC-LTSN £5000, S of A £2000, BSCKE £557)
- 'Utilitarian Dreams', May. This project is for the preparation of material for two emerging and related research projects, an exhibition in Havana supported by the British Council and a planned bid within the new AHRC, Environment and Landscape, call. Joint bid with Katrin Bohn and the Artist Tom Phillips. Funded by the Faculty Research Support Fund, under the New Ideas/Innovation Fund, value of the award £8300 (FRSF £6000, School of Arch. And Design £2300)
- 'Thames Gateway', March. Design Research exploring strategies for implementing Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes within the Thames Gateway (proposed area for future expansion of London). Supported by the University of Brighton (School of Architecture and Design and Faculty of Arts and Architecture Centre for research and Development) and Greater London Authority Architecture and Urbanism Unit. Value £14210. (FRSF £7810, School Arch & Des £5000, GLA £1400)
- 'Second Sight', February. Exploratory research field trip to Cuba with the artist Tom Phillips, documenting Urban Agriculture sites and meeting with Cuban institutions to discuss possible future collaboration. Funded by British Council and University of Brighton (School of Architecture and Design and Faculty of Arts and Architecture Centre for research and Development and International Development Office). Value of award £3062 (FRSF £1053, British Council £ 589.3, Int. Rel. Office £500, School Arch & Des £920)
- RIBA Modern Architecture and Town Planning Trust Award & University of Brighton Faculty of Arts and Design Research Award, September. Funding towards a two year research project identifying the design, environmental, social and economic factors supporting the integration of productive landscape (Urban Agriculture) into landscape strategies for the sustainable city. Awaded £5000 from RIBA and £5000 from Facutly of Arts and Architecture, Faculty Research Support Fund
Juries, committees and editorial boards
Invited to join the founding editorial board of the academic journal, “SITOPOLIS - The Journal of Urban Agriculture and Regional food systems”. The journal has been set up by the Dutch NGO the RUAF Foundation, Baltzer Science Publishers and ScienceSocieties.org (three American scientific societieshttp://jurfs.org/aims-and-scope.
- Elected chair of the Association of European Schools of Planning AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Thematic Group. Responsible for delivering Annual “AESOP European Sustainable Food Planning Conference” (29th October 2013).
- Invited by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) to attend Practitioner Workshop, Investigating the Potential of Urban Agriculture to Enhance Food Security in Response to Climate Change. Venue by Leeds University. (2nd May 2013).
- Food Urbanism Initiative (FUI) steering committee member. August 2012 to November 2013.The FUI is a design research programme examining the potential impact of food on urban design, it is led by the Swiss practice, Verzone Woods Architectes Sàrl and is supported by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation under the National Research Programme NRP 65 “New Urban Quality”.http://www.foodurbanism.org/project-description/ (Accessed 11 September 2012)
- 2011-ongoing. London (Olympics) Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). Sequence of briefings to Baroness Ford (Chair LLDC), Duncan Innes (Head of Real Estate LLDC), Jenny Jones (London Assembly Member and former Mayoral candidate for Green Party) and other LLDC staff about role of urban agriculture and CPULs with Olympic Legacy Development.
- Jury Member for International Research Competition, Multifunctional Spatial Systems using Douar Ouled Ahmed as an example. 16-28-September-2010 Casablanca, Morocco. Part of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Mega City Project, Urban Agriculture as an integrative Factor of Climate Optimised Urban Development,
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), peer reviewer for research bids.
- Invited to review paper submitted to German academic journal ERDKUNDE (Archive for scientific geography).
- Invited to co-ordinate the 2nd European sustainable food planning conference. Venue: University of Brighton, October 2010. Ongoing role as planning committee member for future conferences.
- Invited to review book proposal by publisher EarthScan.
- Invited expert to the first CLEAR Village Lab, hosted by the Institute of Advanced Architecture Barcelona 5th- 7th November 2009.The CLEAR village foundation is a Dutch non-profit foundation developing concepts for sustainable futures, aiming to create a replicable design methodology and planning framework. Bohn & Viljoen Architects are quoted in their first publication RECODE #01 DNA for 21st Century Dwelling.
- Reviewer for the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF) Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds , for their Art(s) and Sciences Call 2009. within the framework of the funding programme: 'Social Sciences and Humanities in Vienna'.
- Invited expert to London Assembly’s Planning and Housing Committee’s investigation into the role of the planning system in supporting commercial food growing in London, 8th June 2009.
- Advisor to Sustain / GLA group setting up GLA’s first Urban Agriculture Conference, 30th June 2008.
- Member of the “One Brighton” Steering Group, Bioregional led group discussing “One Planet Living” strategies for Brighton.
- London Architecture Festival (2008) Member of the urban farming planning group.
- Building Research Establishment’s, Environment Division, Embodied Impacts and Environmental Profiles Team, request masters thesis on the environmental impact of Low and Zero Energy Dwellings, for their research into zero carbon housing.
- Advisor, with Katrin Bohn to the Urban Farming Commissioning team for DOTT 07 (A 10 year long Arts Council funded programme, Design of The Times, to develop and test methodologies for allowing communities to develop proposals for sustainable futures).
- Invited reviewer of book proposals submitted to the Architectural Press.
- Advisor to Greater London Authority working group developing the London Sustainability Plan (March).
- Jury member for the SHADE Architectural Design competition, funded by the European Commission and run by the UK Building Research Establishment (November).
- Set up Urban Nature Conference, 29th June 2001 Run as part of Architecture Week. Topic, Urban Agriculture and landscape strategies for the Sustainable City. The first conference on this topic to be run in the U.K, bringing together leading researchers in the field (June).
- Advisor on sustainability, member of group discussing future of health buildings for Future of Health Buildings - Think Tank set up by the Medical Architecture Research Unit, South Bank University.
- Advisor to RIBA Architecture Gallery - Urban Futures for London - Living City exhibition regarding urban agriculture and sustainable cities (February).
1999 - 2000
- Member of the Architectural Committee for World Renewable Energy Conference 2000, Brighton, July 2000.
- Radio Interview, BBC Radio 4, Farming Today, 28th June 2008. Prior to participating in the “Can London Feed Itself?” conference, hosted by the Greater London Authority, Andre Viljoen was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme. The programme presented an overview of current situation regarding urban agriculture in London and the possibilities for the future.
- Shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding University-located research’ category, within the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Awards for Research for Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes (CPULs) Designing urban agriculture for sustainable cities. Andre Viljoen (Editor) and with K. Bohn (principal author), February 2005. Published by Architectural Press.