Dr. Grit Bürgow:
Urban Aquacul­ture – Water-sen­si­tive transformation…
of cityscapes via blue-green infrastructures

Blue-green infra­st­ruc­tures can con­tri­bute to local resource and food secu­rity. Their capa­bi­lity to rege­ne­rate human and eco­sys­tem live­li­hoods in a mul­ti­func­tio­nal man­ner makes them valu­able buil­ding blocks of a water-sen­si­tive city and land­s­cape deve­lo­p­ment. In this book, Grit Bür­gow deve­lops the con­cept of an urban aquacul­ture uni­fy­ing old cul­tu­ral tech­ni­ques from dif­fe­rent regi­ons of the world with new know-how. Her holistic approach wea­ves aspects of history tog­e­ther with the future deve­lo­p­ment of the city and land­s­cape encom­pas­sing the­mes of eco­logy, tech­no­logy, lear­ning and design. The unfol­ding per­spec­tive tou­ches ever­y­day life ques­ti­ons: It pro­po­ses not only a recon­struc­tion of urban infra­st­ruc­ture, but also a change of urban lifestyle.

Tra­di­tio­nal and con­tem­porary types of aquacul­ture are the focus of the obser­va­tions. Their ser­vices are „blue-green“ – the rege­ne­ra­tion of fresh water, the pro­duc­tion of food and the sup­port of bio­di­ver­sity. Water-far­ming is the ori­gi­nal core of aquacul­ture; clas­sic forms illus­tra­ted are swim­ming gar­dens, fish­ponds and water-farm green­houses. In addi­tion to water-far­ming, the aut­hor sin­gles out the con­cept of „water-well­being“ in cities; bat­hing ships and river swim­ming pools are part of this. A third buil­ding block is a „water-living cul­ture,“ which gene­rally descri­bes urban life at and in the water. The con­cept runs through approa­ches at the buil­ding design level, cal­led „aqua­tec­ture,“ and in the form of „aqua­punc­tures“ at a par­ti­ci­pa­tive-com­mu­ni­ca­tive level.

Case stu­dies deepen these con­cep­tio­nal con­si­de­ra­ti­ons. The city-wide level illu­mi­na­tes aspects of daily use of tech­ni­cal infra­st­ruc­ture and the accom­pany­ing land­s­cape change. The pro­ject level inves­ti­ga­tes mul­ti­func­tio­nal design approa­ches and ser­vices and ways of an effec­tive spa­tial and resource uti­liz­a­tion through com­bi­ned water and food pro­duc­tion. Last, but not least, it shows the pos­si­bi­li­ties of par­ti­ci­pa­tion and app­lied lear­ning wit­hin the scope of infra­st­ruc­tu­ral design and manage­ment processes.
The book deli­vers valu­able inspi­ra­tion for inte­gra­ted plan­ning and design pro­ces­ses at the inter­face bet­ween urban struc­ture, mul­ti­func­tio­nal infra­st­ruc­tures and land­s­cape eco­sys­tem ser­vices. It high­lights urban aquacul­ture plan­ning and design as a mul­ti­di­sci­pli­nary prac­tice brin­ging tog­e­ther the skills of archi­tects, plan­ners, desi­gners and infra­st­ruc­ture engi­neers, ther­eby crea­tively exten­ding the clas­sic occup­a­tio­nal pro­file of city and land­s­cape plan­ners. It tables how diverse blue-green infra­st­ruc­tures can be decen­trally inte­gra­ted into the urban realm and which poten­tial dwells at a pro­duc­tive and also com­mun­ca­tive level.

mul­ti­func­tio­nal infra­st­ruc­ture I urban design I sus­tainable city I rege­ne­ra­tive city I loop city I  urban food pro­duc­tion I rege­ne­ra­tive water manage­ment I urban far­ni­ming I roof water-farm I swim­ming gar­dens I floa­ting gar­dens I fish­ponds I aqua­tec­ture I aquapuncture

Bür­gow, G. (2014): Urban Aquacul­ture – Water-sen­si­tive trans­for­ma­tion of city­scapes via blue-green infra­st­ruc­tures. Dis­ser­ta­tion 25.11.2013 – Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin. Schrif­ten­reihe der Rei­ner-Lemoine-Stif­tung, Shaker Ver­lag, Her­zo­gen­rath, ISBN 978–3‑8440–3262‑8 (http://www.shaker.de/de/content/catalogue/index.asp?lang=de&ID=8&ISBN=978–3‑8440–3262‑8)