This paper examines the concept of bioponics as well as its potential relevance in Danish
urban ecology. The analysis is divided in three parts. The first part explores the construction
of a prototype bioponic system through an experimental practical (FabLab-) approach. The
second part consists of a quantitative examination and analysis of the nutrient release and -
conversion taking place in the system. In the third and final part of the analysis a qualitative
examination of the characteristics and properties of the current urban ecological field in
Copenhagen is conducted. The qualitative analysis is based on interviews with three central
actors in the field and draws on theoretical insights derived from hermeneutics. Finally the
central insights from the analyses are discussed drawing on the theoretical concepts of
commons, place, cracks, utopias and temporality.
The result of the analyses is that the construction and maintenance of the system requires a
substantial level of know how as well as time, resources and creativity in regards to problem
solving, but also that its accessibility to a wider audience could relatively easily be achieved.
Furthermore, it is shown that the bioponic system can function under challenging climatic
conditions. The final part of the analysis shows how urban ecological initiatives are the
manifestation of the identification and interpretation of various societal problems and
challenges by local communities as well as attempts to respond to the identified problems and
challenges. The final conclusion of the paper is that the concept of bioponics could well have
relevance in future urban ecology given its properties in regards to factors such as
sustainability, design and its inherent learning potential in planning processes.
|Uddannelser||TekSam - miljøplanlægning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||4 jan. 2018|