Edible Infrastructure- Darrick Borowski, Jeroen Janssen, Nikoletta Poulimeni

Check out this project from a few students at The AA.  Done as part of an emergent technologies class, the few students created a new neighborhood, computational derived from the need for space and sustainability.  Although we would have liked to see some of the more important buildings have a more thorough design, the importance is in the larger scale of the urban fabric that is created. 

STUDENTS: Darrick Borowski, Jeroen Janssen, Nikoletta Poulimeni
CLASS: Emergent Technologies & Design
YEAR: 20120

“Edible Infrastructures is an investigation into an urbanism which considers food as an integral part of a city’s metabolic infrastructure. Working within this mode, we explore the generative potential of such a system to: • Create an urban ecology that provides for its residents within the given boundaries of the system via local, multi-scalar, distributed food production

• Enhance agricultural production by reconnecting the traditional waste-nutrient cycle which was lost with industrial farming • De-couple food/energy costs from fossil fuels by limiting transport at all levels, from source to table Our research is conducted via the building up of a sequence of algorithms, beginning with a Settlement Simulation, which couples consumers to productive surface area within a cellular automata type computational model.

Based on precedent research, this relationship forms the basis for meeting urban and productive metrics while exploring emergent patterns in the distribution of dwellings and agriculture within a given territory. Through topological analysis and interpretation of the simulation output, we explore the hierarchical components for a new Productive City.

These patterns and resulting networks inform: • the structure and programming of the urban circulatory network • an emergent morphological organisation based around productive urban blocks • opportunities for new architectural typologies.

The resulting prototypical Productive City questions the underlying mechanisms that shape modern urban space and shows how agricultural production can also serve a social role, in the reintroduction of public space into the city. We see our research as a small step in demonstrating the architectural potential of mathematical modelling and simulation in addressing complex urban spatial and programmatic challenges facing future generations.”

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All text and images via The AA

One thought on “Edible Infrastructure- Darrick Borowski, Jeroen Janssen, Nikoletta Poulimeni

  1. Reblogged this on aitoa arkkitehtuuria and commented:
    Interesting design on urban farming linked to city density. Hoping and looking forward to having realized, built projects like this. In the end, its only a matter of time, because cities in the world are growing with speed.


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