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About The Map

 

Who?  

 

The map is run by Tom and Jack Bliss with help and input from students and academics from Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Uni, The Permaculture Association and various other institutions and environmental groups across the city (known as TRUG) - plus of course everyone who contributes to this website, including (we sincerely hope) you.

 

What?  

 

This is a not-for-profit academic and community research project, aimed at finding new, more sustainable ways to manage cities. The map is effectively a self-updating masterplan which will help us to realise the full potential of our green spaces, and also explore how various sustainability-related activities fit together on the ground. (Researchers have access to additional planning and strategic layers, which will be published in due course).

 

When?  

 

Summer 2012 onwards  

 

Where?   

 

Leeds and its environs

 

Why?   

 

It's becoming clear that we may need to run our cites very differently in future, using our urban green spaces much more productively than we do now. Some food is grown within or near to our cities, but most comes from far away, or by a very roundabout route - with huge costs to the environment (and sometimes our health), so we need to think about growing a lot more produce locally - in theory at least enough to feed the whole city. (If this seems a little ambitious or unnecessary, watch The Urbal Fix). Obviously this is probably never going to happen, but we'd like to know what it would take, so we can factor our findings into future plans as changing circumstances demand. To feed a city locally and sustainably we need to minimise the use of chemicals and fossil fuels, take care of the local ecology (to ensure healthy soils, water, wildlife and so on), manage microclimates (and water) to protect local environments in the face of climate change, and capture as much carbon (and rainwater) as possible in the process. And we need to do all this while maximising the health and wellbeing benefits of our parks, sports grounds, gardens and other open spaces. As fuel prices rise, more of us will choose to walk or cycle to the shops, to work, to parks etc - and our city neighbourhoods will start to function more like overlapping villages or small towns, with newly localised networks and supply chains. And if we're to change cities to this new way of living with a minimum of upheaval, we need know where everything is now, what works and what doesn't, who is interested in doing what - and where the opportunities and challenges lie. This map, and its associated web pages, is one way of finding out, while delivering some other useful outcomes too.

 

How?

 

This is a Bing map (Google has a copyright dispute with Ordnance Survey, which presents problems, and Open Street Map is not technically suitable), fettled by Jack Bliss to function the clever way it does. See the FAQs for a full explanation. Please visit the learner pages if you’d like to contribute.