Multifunctional periurban agriculture is considered an effective strategy to curb the spread of urbanization in rural areas and to counter the urban pressure, while at the same time making towns more liveable and vital. From the urban point of view, agricultural areas included in the city are subject to greater pressure by the real estate market; although they perform multiple functions for the city, they are not always recognized as natural infrastructure of public interest, as a common good that has to be protected as agro-urban landscape and connected with larger environmental systems. The paper explores the concept of multifunctional agriculture and applies it to a system of areas that, despite their urban inscription, represent the residual heritage of the agricultural productive landscape of the Piana dei colli in Palermo. This agricultural system is seriously threatened by new construction and is surrounding an area of public housing at risk of social exclusion and severe lack of public services. The proximity to a segregated neighbourhood is cause of reflection not only on the governance of agricultural areas included in the city, but also on the strategic role that multifunctional urban agricultu- recouldplayforeconomicandsocialdevelopmentbyactivatingintegratedpublicpoliciesand plans.Thisimpliesanin- teraction between institutions and inhabitants and, consequently, requires a real political space for participatory practices.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||SCIENZE DEL TERRITORIO|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|