“PARAP^ODUCE” – Nikki Seeto

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The cities of today are constantly looking at ways to space pack and densify the populations, however with these increases in populations generates a higher demand on food supplies. Now toss in a massive flood in 2030 in the city of Brisbane, Australia and you get “Parap^oduce” by Nikki Seeto.  The design is set to create a network of pods connected between buildings that would essentially become elevated green houses.  We constantly look towards building design as being polar objects adjacent to other buildings, where “Parap^oduce” introduces a secondary urban system working throughout the city.  Check it out after the jump!

STUDENT: Nikki Seeto
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
PROFESSORS: Yasu Santo and Ruwan Fernando

Perspective Views 3 Pods“PARAP^ODUCE” was developed during a 3 week architectural design unit that sought to challenge students to develop future proposals of the city of Brisbane – known in Australia as the “River City” as city is built upon the form of the Brisbane River running through it. The project was grounded from a hypothetical future scenario of major flooding in year 2030 which would cause damage to local infrastructure, local farming and a change in social structure.

By 2015 about 26 cities in the world are expected to have a population of 10 million or more. To feed a city of this size at least 6,000 tonnes (6,600 tons) of food must be imported each day. 250 million hungry people in the world live in cities


Particularly, what I felt was necessary to provide for the influx and hypothetically forecasted increased population of Brisbane City residents, through a generation of quality food harvested by sustainable means. To satisfy the growing CBD population I found it was neccesary to connect the city and it new residents, and found that by placing nodes on major buildings, a network of smaller nodes could be made which served as a framework to service the city population.

With an existing shortage of fresh produce stores and markets with the CBD and with the increase of residents living in and around this area, it came naturally that due to the increase of solar activity and flood channels built within the cities major lines, that these two major resources could be utilised in the form of an Urban Farm. It would be necessary for this urban farm to be versatile in its production and offering, rather than maintaining as a static structure. Thus the opportunity to create an architecture that can reach out to the various areas within the city was evident. The form of this architecture utilises existing buildings, rather than replaces, it is modular in spirit, where it can take on an add/subtract design philosophy and can be able to be added to or taken away from depending on the requirements of the era. It is flexible and able to adapt to its environment. A modular system has a particular advantage in its interchangeability of parts, allowing pattern rearrangement. The module pod design is neutral in quality, while performing a necessary function which is highly likely to persist.

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With a view to be a entire network of generative “pods” the future design focused only on the three major contributors to the Urban Sky Farm system. The system consists of a Growing Pod, a Nutrient Pod and a Filtration Pod. The Brisbane River is utilised to provide water and fluids to plants and is filtered, enhanced and served within the network.

Parap^oduce is a parastic, self-sustainable and self-regenerative future proposal, powered by hydro-electicity and inspired by Philip Beesley and Rachel Armstrongs “Hylozoic Soil” entering the realm of bio and living architecture. The Para network serves to be parasitic and utilises adjacent buildings with the Growing Pods as major access points, and sky bridges connecting to other pods within the network.

I was interested in expanding my pod design for beyond year 2030 into a generative eco system which hosted various pod designs and would have a growable structure borrowing the Protocell technology from Rachel Armstrong where engineered microscropic cells have the ability to grow, mould and harden over a surface. The internal structure of PARAp*oduce was inspired by the Radiolarian cells which generally grow in the ocean. These living organisms include key elements such as a nucleus, skeleton, structure and protruding feelers. PARAp*oduce uses biomimicry quite heavily in its design and included a central core, a layers structure and facade system and connective skybridges and valves. (The initial structure of the future pods would be a realistically manufactured procedure and includes a reflective shell, structural framing, flood plates and a facade. With an increase in technology this structure is envisioned to be generative in design with the use of protocells and organic fibre composite. The skeleton should vary dependant on the weight strain, where structural rings increase where weight load increases.)”

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