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vertical farm Toronto

why build out, when you can build up?

the problem:

>>>A new way to do design? To rethink how I design or what my design is? What is my design, how am I going to articulate it? What is the purpose of my design? Is it a building? It is a building but is it more? Yes, it is more than a building. What is it then? It is a concept of spatiality that relates to the important contextual observations of the proposed conditions in and around the site. It is a connection between person and earth, it is a connection between urban and agriculture, it is a connection between urban and industry. It is a destination for some, a home for others, and a stopping point for many. The goal is wellness, the path to wellness is through technology and innovation. The reality is that a concept has to be proven as efficient.

 

Essentially what will be brought to the table? What are the benefits [$$$] to shareholders, community, investors, Toronto, and the world. What is the connection to water, the ecosystem. Is this building green in virtue or green in context or is this building a sham? What is a line? How is the line used? Does the line define a
path, a direction? Does the line end and what is to be at the terminus? I had the word fractal on one of my pre-concept ideas. Instead I wrote it as “fractile”. Improper spelling to place a point, a tile, a mosaic, a pattern, a weave. This grid is a founding element, and to what extent do we break this grid and find a solution to a new thinking about an idea.


What if the grid is lost, is this the end of our cities, or does modern man adapt to this new environment and then what?
What does the modern city look like feel like? How does the modern man engage with the elements that make up space to be moved in and through? What happens when a district is changed to reflect nature or a phenomenon that is experienced in nature. Movement in water, currents. Imagine a leaf/can of pop/wrapper drifting down a river, object will twist bounce reflect catch edges, clump with others, sink float decay discolor.

 

>>>Also think about growth, the germination of a seed from seed to plant, the requirement of that seed, the water, the nutrients. The “pod” the vessel in which an organism grows. What does this pod look like, or how can we apply the environment of this pod into the context of our cities. When this pod and all the other pods are complete, what does this transportation look like? What can be considered comfortable as something familiar? In nature we
see modulation to the same degree that we see in some contemporary designs. We also see organic compositions taking place in contemporary designs. In my opinion I see the crossover of the two as a thing of beauty, a constant play of handwork and nature. This balance is needed in our creations and our lives.

the solution:

>provide the needs of the population in their environment
>provide organic and natural food alternatives
>provide local distribution centers near dense areas
>take the traditional farm vertical
>indoor farming reduces food waste by 30%
>innovation and creativity revitalize the mind

the program:

>indoor farmland pv
>research center pv
>distribution center pv
>educational center pv
>learning center pb

the rationale:

>the united nations research council estimates that by 2050 approximately 80% of the worlds population will leave in urban cities.
>with the increase in population the demand for fresh food in cities will be exponential.
>with traditional means of farming fresh food at large quantities may be produced and shipped hundreds of miles from the location the food will finally be consumed.
>waste from the food also does not contribute to the fertilization of the crops, waste enters sewers and rivers and streams.

the users:

>gary langford (the biochemical engineer)
>sam hillington (the organic chemistry intern)
>franklin steward (the farmer)
>kirsten laford (the volunteer)
>ray pappas (the dock worker)
>jaad ubumrad (the store owner)
>danny trejo (the consumer)

>population will continue to increase in urban areas
>processed food filling up the shelves at the grocery store
>people are looking for easy local solutions
>traditional farm land is becoming scarce
>only 65% of crops grown on traditional farm make it to the table
>urban architecture is boring