March 22 2013

ReThink, Reuse Series: The Power of Space

Local Allotment In Nottingham

Capacity utilization is a key term in business and an increasingly important term with regards to sustainability. The way in which cities utilise space is becoming a far more pressing issue in today’s world. The various ways space can be used inevitably forecasts a city’s future. In the United Kingdom, Nottingham leads the top twenty British cities in terms of green space. Can Nottingham’s superior advantage stimulate innovative uses for green space?

In the last series, Global Site Plans presented how Nottingham’s citizens could benefit from having abandoned buildings turned into sprawling greenhouses. The more aware, educated, and conscious the population is, the greater chance city officials have in becoming a more sustainable society.

As resources become more scarce, city leaders will need to find innovative ways to reuse the resources they have around them. In the United Kingdom, allotments are a staple in the culture dating back to the 1730’s. Nottingham currently boasts the longest lasting allotment in England. With this being planted right in the fabric of Nottingham’s culture, the process of spreading this practice citywide would not be problematic.

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Urban Planners can strategically work with gardening services to redesign urban backyards in the model of allotments. The overall benefits of doing such will allow the city to maximize underutilized space, exhibit the importance of green space within the community, and promote a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for those in Nottingham.

English Allotment

Space is critical and health is crucial. By introducing widespread residential allotments, city planners and officials can solve two problems with one solution.

How would allotments contribute to sustainability? In what ways could you use them for your city?

Credits: Photographs by Michael Jenkins. Data linked to sources.

Michael Jenkins

An Oakland, California native, Michael Jenkins is a recent post graduate from the University of Nottingham Business School with a Masters in Business Administration. Jenkins’ interest in urban regeneration and town planning sprouted during a visit to China. It was there that Michael met with firms that combined business consulting with innovative urban designs stimulating economic growth. He believes economic development can be generated through the connections between city council, local business, and education as he saw modeled in China. Currently residing in Nottingham, England, Michael spots similarities between Nottingham and Oakland, as well as opportunities for development and growth. He aims to bring transformational solutions for city improvement. Michael's areas of focus lay within town planning, urban regeneration, and human capital. During his off time, Michael enjoys backpacking, outdoor adventures, vinyasa yoga, and completing items off his bucket list. For more, follow him on twitter @ClaudeMJenkins

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    [...] is the adoption of new ideologies and concepts. In Global Site Plans’ previous articles on the ReThink, ReUse Series, the very point that Brooks is suggesting was highlighted. The educating, encouraging, and [...]

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