Circular City + Living Systems Lab

December 20, 2019

CITYFOOD: Research design for an international, transdisciplinary collaboration

Forthcoming article in Technology | Architecture + Design

Figure 7: Expertise of CITYFOOD’s research consortium, main research activities, and interaction with stakeholders.


Twenty-first-century cities face challenges such as potential food shortages, water scarcity, and dependence on non-renewable energy sources intensified by population growth. The development of innovative solutions for the Food-Water-Energy Nexus requires transdisciplinary approaches across scales, boundaries, and sectors. The international, interdisciplinary research consortium CITYFOOD investigates the science and practice of aquaponics, an integrated food production system. The three-year-long research project focuses on the potential for scaling up the integration of aquaponic operations in cities. The team’s goal is to expand the knowledge around aquaponics  by applying case study research, modeling, and GIS-based mapping methods across various built environment scales. Through projects like CITYFOOD, the growing understanding of interlinkages between food, water, and energy systems can contribute to a more sustainable future.

Full Text


“CITYFOOD: Research design for an international, transdisciplinary collaboration.” In Technology, Architecture and Design, TAD 04, Issue 1, Spring 2020 (forthcoming)