Urban horticulture plots as high-rise containers for public use, Hortpark Singapore
Projects concerned with the Covid-19 pandemic often focus on stressors and negative outcomes of pandemic-induced transformation. COVLess attempts to pusue a different path. The project probes into linkages between food security, social connectedness, and creative solutions in an exploratory manner. It identifies and assesses opportunities ermerging through attempts to cope with the crisis, and highlights lessons that can be, or have already been, learnt from dealing with the pandemic.
In Bangkok, COVLess focuses more on small-scale local and regional food production serving the urban market. In Singapore, the project is concerned with food security on a national level (imports and alternative domestic production), and on citizen-based creative solutions to produce, or acquire, food. Since the Covid-19 pandemic is having a continued impact on social connectedness (curfews, lock-downs, "circuit breakers" etc.), the project is interested in solutions to overcome social disconnectedness in particular, and in the role food plays in fostering social cohesion and citizenship.
These activities will be complented by expert and stakeholder workshops in Bangkok and Singapore, with times and venues depending on how the pandemic progresses.
A research project conducted by Prof. Dr. Fred Krüger, Prof. Dr. Axel Drescher and partners, c/o FAU, Institute of Geography, Wetterkreuz 15, 91058 Erlangen. Germany