Emtech students Darrick Borowski, Jeroen Janssen, and Nicoletta Poulimeni have won 2nd prize in the Center for Urban Farming Competition with their entry Edible Infrastructures: Seed for a City based on their current Emtech research.
Edible Infrastructures: Seed for a City
The project proposes a neighborhood to serve as a Center for Urban Farming for Brooklyn and the greater New York City region. This new neighborhood type is organized around edible infrastructures, a systems-based approach to the food production, distribution, consumption and waste cycles. The Center as Neighborhood transcends the traditional institutional model to become a working community illustrating by example how the food system could be re-imagined via a new urban morphology which:
a.) Creates an ecology which can provide fruits and vegetables for its residents within the walk-able boundaries of the system via local, multi-scalar, distributed food production
b.) Enhances agricultural production by reconnecting the traditional waste-nutrient cycle which was lost with industrial farming
c.) De-couples food costs from fossil fuels by limiting food transportation at all levels, from source to table
The neighborhood is generated by a Settlement Simulation, a computational model based on a multi-state cellular automata. The model uses simple behavioral rules to recreate the aggregation logic of dwellings and small subsistence farms in a given area via an ‘unplanned’ vernacular methodology. The goal of the simulation was to investigate the sorts of distributions and collective form that might result without the oversight of a top-down ‘planner’.
More than a center or a neighborhood, the proposal is a prototype; an algorithmic procedural model for urban growth which considers food as an integral part of a cities’ energy infrastructure.