Urban Strategies for Low-cost, Low-maintenance Foodscaping Case Study: Baltimore, Md

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Larkin, Emily Elizabeth
Area of Honors:
Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Larry James Gorenflo, Thesis Supervisor
  • Larry James Gorenflo, Honors Advisor
  • Charles Timothy Baird, Faculty Reader
  • urban agriculture
  • Baltimore
  • landscape architecture
  • design
This thesis, designed to be a manual for planners, city officials, and residents/community members, helps people follow goals of best management practices in urban agriculture and implement these solutions in a self-sufficient way. Critical to the goals of the project are low-cost, low-maintenance insertions that any city can use as a guide to solve food insecurity. The design uses three different scaled approaches (large – two block, medium – inner block, and small – vacant lot) to address food problems through a method known as hugelkultur. This strategy for foodscaping manages common urban issues – water, soil, sun, and accessibility – to find a cohesive design solution. The illustrative design scheme following the report uses site-specific examples for design implementation within the case study of Baltimore, Maryland.