Homes on Fields

Homes on Fields is a research seminar on the urbanization of agrarian land globally. A paradoxical question is raised by affordable forms of residential urbanization. On the one hand, cheap housing settlements across the world devours thousands of hectares of arable fields at the periphery of growing cities. On the other hand, housing is a human need. This research investigates the spatial characteristics of housing development on agrarian land, and the mode of spatial production at work in the transformation of fertile fields into urbanized settlements. From tenure laws and land reforms to agriculture policies and development strategies, how are we humans slowly chipping at our food sheds and what are the counter alternatives? Students are encouraged to pick a case close to home to articulate a critical and informed work on the complicated relations between food systems, urbanization and policies.