urban agronomics

Before a site or program was introduced, I studied deforestation to determine the interconnections of a process with both natural and artificial influences. The cycles of destruction and rebirth create a complex web of factors and resultants. I translated the web into a physical model by graphing biodiversity, rate of growth, and land area over time.

These layers become the basis for a complex program that collapses the food production process onto a singular site by locating the growing, cooking, and consuming of produce adjacent to each other. The complexity of the farming operation evolves over time and as such, the menu of the restaurant changes to make use of new crops. This results in an experience for the diner that is directly related to the work of the farmer and the chef.

As the bands of cultivated land eventually extend into the city, they become about layered program. The public strips of land that exist on the site can also function as nodes of interaction within the existing urban fabric at the scale of the city. The six given actions are collapsed into one defined space. These movable shells create temporal locations in which the program could extend, morph, and evolve to fit the needs of the city.

A cyclical process can be used to describe the built environment, and at certain points in that cycle, like abandonment, built form becomes pervious and the layers of construction and past use are readable. The relationship between nature and artifice shifts throughout the cycle as built form and nature compete for dominance.

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Winter 2006
The University of Michigan TCAUP
Critic: Julie Larsen

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