Circular City + Living Systems Lab

December 20, 2019

Urban Integration of Aquaponics

Forthcoming book chapter in Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems, Springer


Aquaponics is a circular food production system that combines fish and plant cultivation to harness nutrient flows in controlled mimicry of a natural ecosystem. Its benefits, including resource efficiency and localized production, align well with the goals of the urban agriculture movement and efforts to implement sustainable food systems. While the growing system is well understood and documented, its prospective integration into cities requires detailed consideration from the built environment perspective. This chapter applies literature review and case study research of existing farms to document current advances in the integration aquaponics into buildings and cities, addressing the current dynamics of the field and future directions in an investigation structured across three scales: the enclosure and host building, the farm operation, and the urban context.


“Urban Integration of Aquaponics.” 2020. In Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems: A global handbook on science, engineering, social, economic, business and environmental aspects of the urban food revolution, edited by Peter Droege, Cham: Springer International Publishing. (forthcoming)