Based on the new paradigms of cities, namely those linked to the Planet’s sustainability and the commitment that cities must have to minimize the environmental footprint, a new concept called the green economy begins to gain strength. Thus, the idea of local production is fostered to meet the needs of each city, place, or neighborhood.
Reducing the import of goods that can be produced locally is the objective, thus promoting the local economy and job creation.
Are we up to this challenge?
In a period of great changes, society begins to rethink the concept of inhabiting the city at the expense of the countryside. More than ever, we talk about the sustainability of cities concerning mobility, energy efficiency measures, and green economy.
With the coronavirus pandemic we learned to live more closed and, at the same time, closer to each other, through the development of teleworking, with all the benefits that this brought to the environment and in particular to the decongestion of cities. We also learned to value local produce and products and quickly started to appear small farms that brought our products home. The countryside has always been a viable alternative to the city, but not everyone can move there.
Will the city be able to adapt to new urban, social, and environmental requirements?
Theme: Verical City Farm
This challenge aims to design a model of a building that can function as a farm within a city. This model can be replicated and spread throughout the city to supply the neighborhoods around it. He must have the ability to produce vegetables, fruits, and livestock. The idea is that the communities in each neighborhood or area can be the farmers themselves, but you can propose other ideas that you find more interesting.
-Buiding: Not being mandatory, the building must be vertical to have a reduced occupancy and waterproofing rate.
-Areas: There are no specific areas. These must be in line with the purpose of the contest.
-Location: Any city in the World
You can add program areas that have not been considered and that you think are important.
This competition is an academic exercise that aims to make us reflect on the role of architecture in society and how it organizes us.
24H competition 35th edition – farmer
“A new normal will start from the signal given by Corona Virus; instead of continually, through our divorce from nature, attacking a natural being, we must face the capacity for change provided by a return to his more austere, frugal but no less sophisticated situation. We need to give new and great value to the food, without waste, without the useless expenditure of means and raw materials. What happens in urban areas during this revolution. And architecture will once again be able to provide a proper and qualified response.” Mário Chaves, arch.
“I believe that the most complex part of the exercise and the contest's slopes was to think globally. Few proposals considered this factor required based on the competition or thought about rational or more sustainable use in the solutions presented or questioned the guidelines with more humane responses.” Joanna Helm, arch.
“The competition entries demonstrated innovative responses to the program. Most of them are models that rethink the concept of sustainability of cities in this period of big changes.”
Marta Pimenta Moreira, arch.
1st PLACE - ID000720:
"The world knows three types of society; digital, technical, and agricultural. In this digital of ours, the society of waste also cohesives; the indifference and contempt for nature and everything that feeds us are shocking in the face of the circumstances of the food need for products that come from the generosity of nature that supports us. A typical educational farm can and should bring citizens closer together, giving them the right sense of production, their own time, the value of water and land; of regulated and tastier consumption.” Mário Chaves, arch.
“The occupation of residual spaces shown in the proposal responds to the contest's theme in a non-invasive way and connecting the different actors that make up the cities. The solution is discreet and perfectly executable and probably of low cost, which should be one of the premises adopted in all tenderers' architectural decisions. The design decision is correct and enforceable.” Joanna Helm, arch.
"The project proposes the idea of a vertical farm as a way of connecting people and thus contributing to improve the quality of life of populations based on circular economy. Architecturally, the project has a low footprint and makes uses of urban voids to build the farms which act also as vertical gardens between buildings. Its flexibility and adaptability to preexistent structures makes it not an utopian project but one that could be easily implemented.” Susana Ventura, arch.
" The project was my personal favorite. The idea is universally applicable to any urban environment in the world simple and can be significant. The design also suggests social interaction between neighbors in a modern urban setting. The presentation is clear and beautifully done.” Aras Burak, arch.
" FARM “ NNECTION, Farm that connect people, demonstrated innovative responses with a model that can function as a farm within a city. This model design can be replicated through the connection between buildings and communities can be the farmers themselves. This design concept also promotes the connection between neighborhoods in a period of great changes.” Marta Pimenta Moreira, arch.
2nd PLACE - ID0001090:
"If society revises in the city as its way of affirming itself, is a difficult balance between freedom and security, the growing affirmation of urbanity as a possible way of existence on the planet, will make the most powerful example of construction, which is the skyscraper, it also serves as a valid example of the basic elements of existence and survival, which is food. Give it again the fair and fundamental value so that society does not divorce and ignore its origin. We are a living being that feeds; we are not electron-powered technology.” Mário Chaves, arch.
" The proposal showed concern in the solutions presented both socially and formally with the sectorization of spaces and intelligent hierarchy.”Joanna Helm, arch.
"The project combines all the living functions in an utopian vertical structure reflecting a complex network with an appealing and metaphorical design (enhanced by the drawings).” Susana Ventura, arch.
" The idea is presented with beautiful and rich graphics. The varying scale of interventions on a single tower with a hint of artificial intelligence integrated into modern life seems interesting. It would have been even nicer to see what makes life in this tower unique on a different scale.” Aras Burak, arch.
" IMFARM, Modern Green Skyscraper demonstrated that in a modern world people work remotely and because of that they leave citys. This design responds with a innovative model that can function as a vertical farm with harmony with the nature and the buildings can be transported to another place of the building (mobile boxes).” Marta Pimenta Moreira, arch.
3nd PLACE - ID000150:
"The skyscraper is the ultimate expression of the idea of progress in urban societies, in an attempt to affirm the liberation of the Earth towards the stars. We then assume that the manipulation of the food that keeps us, after trying to take away all its importance, in the face of false satisfaction with the technology that entertains us but does not feed us, will be worth the preposition that will be in the urban skyscrapers, Eden's new garden, we will have fresh and qualified food again.” Mário Chaves, arch.
" The typological generality allows its insertion in the different urban centers. The architectural composition responds to the contest theme's correct slogans.” Joanna Helm, arch.
"The project actualises the idea of a contemporary greenhouse with a extremely elegant design recurring to proportions that can be easily adapted to dense metropolis.” Susana Ventura, arch.
" The project responds to the brief with a network of megastructures; a system generically can occupy any place on earth. Its lightweight look suggests pure functionality and an infrastructure element, making the approach available for further development rather than the architects' selfish genius, frozen final product design” Aras Burak, arch.
" GENERIC FARM, demonstrated innovative responses with a model that can function as a vertical farm, and that can be incorporated in a city. This model design can be replicated through the city and propose to dynamize the economy of independent producers and companies of sustainable consumption.” Marta Pimenta Moreira, arch.