Sustainable design implications for alternative food networks: A case on Güneşköy's community supported agriculture (CSA) model

Kaplan, Ayşe
The global food system consists of complex processes (i.e., food production, distribution, consumption, and disposal) and contains several environmental, economic, and social sustainability challenges. As a result of the food system's problems, some producers and consumers have taken actions that have resulted in the emergence of alternative food networks. These are primarily bottom-up initiatives led by creative and innovative groups of people collaborating to develop alternative food-system solutions. Different areas of design for sustainability, such as social innovations, creative communities, and product-service-system design, can improve and empower alternative food initiatives through diverse strategies and methods. Also, these communities carry the characteristics of creative communities and involve valuable sources of knowledge and insights for designers. In this regard, this thesis focuses on the Güneşköy initiative that is selected as a case study in the context of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. This study aims to examine the significant aspects of the CSA model within the context of the Güneşköy initiative through adopting participatory design and action research approaches to present design for sustainability implications that empower the community to maintain its activities and structure.


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Citation Formats
A. Kaplan, “Sustainable design implications for alternative food networks: A case on Güneşköy’s community supported agriculture (CSA) model,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.