Terreform ONE designed a parametric and modular shelter for cricket farming, in order to provide insect-food supplies in case of emergencies and post-disaster scenarios.
Terreform ONE insect farm aims to maximize access to nutrient resources and to deal with and support local communities in anticipation of post-disaster scenarios.
This also targets societal upgrading strategies in both developed and developing countries as this temporary shelter easily coverts to a permanent farming system/eatery after the crisis has dissipated. Raising cattle, pigs, and chicken for meat products all require immense amounts of fresh water. Harvesting insects for food typical takes three hundred times less water for the same amount of protein.
Structurally, the shelter can be minimized into easily manufactured and replicable elements such as a simple CNC plywood archway with linked off-the-shelf plastic containers as infill surface. The current version of the structure is more customized to account for solar orientation, airflow and varied spatial programs internally.
A computational model was used to parametrically align all of the individual containers to match the archway splines. Each pre-ordered container was modified to add ventilation screens, flexible insect sacks, locally controlled louvers, and permeable feeder ports with rotating locking mechanisms. The wind quill ventilation component magnifies the sound of cricket chirping in columns of vibrating air.
Cricket Shelter, New York City, US
Program: modular edible insect farm
Design: Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE
Team: Maria Aiolova, Melanie Fessel, Felipe Molina, Matthew Tarpley, Jiachen Xu, Lissette Olivares, Cheto Castellano, Shandor Hassan, Christian Hamrick, Ivan Fuentealba, Sung Moon, Kamila Varela, Yucel Guven, Chloe Byrne, Miguel Lantigua-Inoa, Alex Colard
Sponsor: Art Works for Change