Architecture Blog Design: Major Project Synthesis Urban Agriculture

Potential functions

Here I have quickly sketches different functions that my hybrid building design can have. These functions aim to help the building be self-sufficient and sustainable.

Pink – Recycling/art studios and workshops

These workshops will encourage creative minds to engage in artwork with recycled materials. There could be workshops that help people fix what is broken or renovate furniture. Capitalising on this idea of reduce, reuse, recycle. Fixing and repairing rather than throwing away.

Blue – Restaurants

Restaurants within the building could utilise the gardening spaces or the vertical farms to have fresh food for their dishes.

Green – Vertical farming

Vertical farming within the building can help produce food markets within the building or in surrounding areas.

Orange – Education

Education within this building could be for art education on reuse of materials or how to grow crops.

Yellow – Shops/businesses

These shops and businesses could be put into place if they are selling creations made from recycled materials to encourage others to renovate rather than throw away. They could sell produce that they grow including fruit/vegetables/flowers.

Purple – Animal keeping

Gardening areas could be used to host animals that can provide food to residents. Bee keeping will be helpful in producing honey. Chickens can give us eggs. Quail can help remove insects and bugs from crops if they are in gardening areas, they can also provide natural fertiliser (same with chickens). More intensive animal keeping can include keeping cows, goats and pigs. Cows and goats could provide milk and natural fertiliser. Pigs can help by eating food waste and producing natural fertilisers. These animals may be slightly ambitious.

Red – Communal gardens

Communal gardens can give residents the opportunity to grow their own crops and give them access to fresh food or to provide to local food banks.