Built in collaboration with the masters program in creation and technology at ENSCI in Paris by pioneer of urban agriculture Damien Chivialle, the micro-farm takes on a radical stance, since it is accompanied by a comprehensive package of initiatives concerning the ecological use of resources in the region of Paris. Not only are we theoretically able to redesign part of the use of metropolitan space, opening urbanization to the cultivation of food resources, but we can even provide the necessary energy to carry out projects within the growth cycle.
The feasibility of these ideas is demonstrated in an accessible greenhouse/container created by Chivialle. Thanks to a closed symbiotic aquaculture circuit that mixes animal (fish) and plant (plants and vegetables) elements, it can transform the waste elements produced by this closed-circuit system into fertilizer. In this exhibition, the construction is reminiscent of the urban gardens at the dawn of industrial civilization, but it can obtain good results within a much more limited area. Since 2010, two existing farms, in Zurich and Berlin, have already created opportunities to revitalize the fabric of existing communities in terms of recycling and production.
The confines between design and architecture, in the urgency of integrating economic and industrial processes, abandons utopia and materializes in new concerns for sustainable development
Through 4 May 2012