Architecture Project Of The Week: Urban Farm

Urban Farm by Molly Agnew

Welcome back to our Architecture Project of the Week where we showcase unique architecture and design proposals from all over the world. This week, we take a look at Urban Farm by Norwich University of the Arts student Molly Agnew who is studying BA in Architecture. Molly’s latest architecture project examines the relationship between us and our reliance on unsustainable food production with some solutions on how to combat it through the use of innovative technologies and optimizations of land-use within the urban community.

Urbanized Farming

In recent times, we do not often think of the unsustainable food production system which operates behind closed curtains. This has created a detachment from the food we eat, where it came from, and the value of said food. The proposal of Urban Farms is to establish a transparency between how different food is grown and the urban population of Shoreditch, London by offering a solution for securing local food production through creative farming technologies and practises.

Urban Farm Community Farming

Urban Farm would embrace hydroponics farming methods to grow seasonal, native fruit and vegetables. This will reduce the reliance on imported produce from other countries. As it uses hydroponics to grow the crop, this would also decrease the overall water consumed by around 80% compared to traditional farming methods. A series of vertical rotisseries, as seen throughout the design, would allow for easy access of the food produced from Urban Farm.

Additionally, there is a research and education facility that would supposedly interconnect with the working farm. This would provide learning support for the community of Shoreditch, London, teaching them how to grow and cook their own food. The crop that grows from Urban Farm can also be sold to local consumers and support the food market from the street below. As fruit, vegetables, and crops are all grown on site, selling them within the community would reduce the need for transportation and additional food miles, therefore lessening the carbon footprint and emissions that would otherwise be produced.

Urban Farm Façade

As for the design of Urban Farm, the modular, blocked framework would provide a functional work space for the farm and its users. The interchangeable façade is made up of translucent polycarbonate wall panels, which allow for protection from the environment between weather patterns and differing seasons. As a whole, the unique structure fully exhibits the food production system “through a transparent lens; visible to the public; creating greater awareness for the need of sustainable agriculture.

If you would like to see more renderings of this incredible design, then be sure to visit Molly Agnew’s web page: http://www.designspeculum.com/Students/MAgnew.html

While you’re here, why not check out some of our previous architecture projects of the week including FireLand and Area 10: The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial