In the last few years there seems to have been a growth of interest in green spaces with agricultural activities in the urban environment that have become expressions of a urban agriculture that represent a mode of agricultural exploitation of these green spaces by citizens, able to offer a response to renewed social, alimentary, environmental, and cultural demands. It is in this context that the Municipality of Catania has proposed the creation of one of the largest urban gardens in Europe, in a marginal area of a neighbourhood with a high level of socio-economic degradation of the city. This paper, starting from analysis of urban agriculture at European level, aims, through a SWOT analysis, involving the social and economic partnership in the identification of the highlight the strengths and weaknesses, the opportunities and the threats, of this "new form of urban green", as a valid tool for the integrated development of the territory that encompasses the socio-economic and environmental spheres.
Keywords: Urban garden, urban rural relationships, sustainable development, Swot analysis, agro-urban planning, participatory approach.
Alessandro Scuderi, Luisa Sturiale, Claudio Bellia, Vera Teresa Foti, Giuseppe Timpanaro, in "RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA'" 2/2016, pp. 237-247, DOI:10.3280/RISS2016-002021