A Greenhouse in the City: The Uses and Roles of Community-Oriented Urban Greenhouses.
Abstract: This project is an inquiry into the utility of community-oriented
greenhouses in urban settings, especially as a type of urban agriculture. I examine
environmental factors and cultural conditions pertinent to greenhouses and analyze 13
existing community-oriented urban greenhouses, including three in-depth case studies. As
weather-protected places for growing plants, greenhouses offer ... read moremany potential benefits to
cities and city dwellers, including food and other plant production, extended growing
seasons, insulation for buildings, waste capture, wastewater treatment, education and
employment opportunities, and balmy gathering spaces. I also discovered an impressive
diversity among existing urban greenhouses in their missions, programs, costs, locations,
and other characteristics. Despite the challenge of obtaining funding, the diversity and
flexibility of urban greenhouses show their promise both to treat a range of problems
within cities and to provide new economic, educational, environmental, and social
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Christine Cousineau.
Committee: Penn Loh.
Keywords: Urban planning, Agriculture, and Sustainability.read less