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The 2007 Power Corporation of Canada Award invited candidates to propose a research project on urban agriculture in Canada from a historical, theoretical or critical perspective. During their three-month residency at the CCA, award recipients Julia Tischer, Olive Bailey and Kate Patterson produced an online publication, Plotluck: Urban Agriculture in Canada. Their research investigates urban gardening in the backyards of Montréal’s Italian neighbourhood, as well as urban agriculture in Montréal and in Canadian inner suburbs.

“Urban Agriculture is a symbiotic process between urban dwellers and their city via activities associated with planting, growing, breeding, raising, gathering, storing, harvesting, processing and marketing food, or fuel on urban land. Citizens respond to local urban conditions and opportunities according to individual or collective aesthetic visions, agricultural techniques and/or cultural beliefs and meanings, and the city is supplied in return with human and material resources, outputs and services altering the urban form, the use of urban space and the way in which citizens perceive it.”
- Julia Tischer, McGill University

“Urban agriculture is a formal or informal household or community level activity driven by practical, cultural or ideological concerns, which encompasses acts involving the local intensive cultivation as well as consumption of food and non food products as shaped by the opportunities and constraints of the prevailing urban form and infrastructure.”
- Olive Bailey, University of Calgary

“Urban Agriculture is the occupation, business, or science of cultivating, processing, and distributing food and non-food products via an organized industry that, by mechanised or non-mechanised means, makes use of natural and human resources found in the urban ecosystem of a city’s inner suburbs to in turn furnish fresh produce, jobs, and economic development primarily to those inner suburbs, and consequently to the city centre and outer suburbs of the city-region.”

- Kate Patterson, University of Toronto

Power Corporation of Canada Awards encourage students at the Masters level in Canadian architectural schools to become acquainted with the CCA Collection and public programs through a collaborative project of three months at the Study Centre.

Urban Agriculture
CCA publication

Language: English
Number of pages: 77


Julia Tischer
Olive Bailey
Kate Patterson