Persian Gardens as The Productive Landscape for Middle Eastern Edible Cities

Russo, Alessio ORCID: 0000-0002-0073-7243 and Khalilnezhad, Mohammad Reza (2022) Persian Gardens as The Productive Landscape for Middle Eastern Edible Cities. In: Middle East Landscape Forum: Designing Transformative​ Change for Productive Landscapes, 20-22 October 2022, Beirut, Lebanon.

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In the last 50 years, Persian gardens evolved from multi-functional to mono-functional landscapes. Historically, Persia's gardens housed a vast number of food plants, but in recent decades, the number of edible species in royal gardens has drastically decreased. The movement of edible cities in large parts of the globe makes the landscape architects think about the role of traditional food gardens in revitalizing food cities. In this article, we looked at whether Iran's Persian gardens may be used as a foundation for making cities edible again. Although, in the last 50 years, practically all of the urban edible landscape, including gardens and agricultural fields, has been turned to grey infrastructures, there are still conserved vestiges of Persian ancient gardens in Iranian urban green spaces for public use. Some of these ancient places have made room for the edible landscape, while others have lost agricultural land. Thus, planning the specific strategies and plans to renovate the productive landscape of Persian gardens through the engagement of civic society will assist the Persian gardens to be edible again, beyond making the cities edible. Moreover, promoting the culture of garden planning beyond just being regarded as a landscape of pleasure is another goal that worth. On the other hand, the attention of municipalities and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development of Iran to urban agriculture and planting fruitful plants in parks have strengthened public incentives to discuss urban agriculture in Iran. This is where the Persian garden should be considered as an urban agricultural center beyond all its artistic and historical values. These gardens will not only be a place of crop production, but beyond production, they will be centers for urban culture reform and lifestyle modification and food production lifestyle training.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
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Subjects: S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB469 Landscape gardening. Landscape architecture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Alessio Russo
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2022 09:16
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 15:52

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