Archinect - News 2015-04-01T13:50:00-04:00 FARM-X shares its modular vertical farming approach, pilot project nears completion Justine Testado 2015-03-18T19:44:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:34:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The vertical-farming movement continues to grow with the recent unveiling of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FARM-X</a>'s modular vertical-farming concept, which the Oakland, CA-based organization developed with Zurich-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conceptual Devices</a> founder Antonio Scarponi and an agronomy team led by University of Bologna Professor Giorgio GianquintoI. In the most idealistic sense, the FARM-X model would maximize production of fresh food up to 5 tons per day, can be applied anywhere as one means to sustainably revive unused urban spaces, and would create more jobs to develop a "green collar workforce" of urban agricultural farmers.</p><p>FARM-X aims to construct 10,000 sq.m. (approx.110,000 sq.ft.) of total vertical farm space throughout Oakland over the next decade. For starters, a pilot run of the project is near completion nearby in Richmond, CA.</p><p>Read on for more project details that we received:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Food has historically been grown in areas of low real-estate interest, far from densely populated settlements normally described as '...</p> Thinc Design's USA Pavilion exhibition presents America's role in the future of food for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2015-02-23T21:02:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T13:48:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>New York-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thinc Design</a> revealed their exhibition design for the USA Pavilion in the upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo 2015</a> this May. Collaborating with Friends of the USA Pavilion, Thinc Design's exhibition highlights America's role in the future of the global food system, as a response to the Expo's overall theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."</p><p>The food-related topic challenges the Expo's 140 participating countries to showcase their technological solutions on how to provide healthy, safe, and sufficient food for all, but through sustainable methods that won't disrupt the Earth's equilibrium.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Above: Biber Architects' architectural design for the USA Pavilion.</em> <em>&copy; Biber Architects</em></p><p>Thinc Design's exhibition will be located inside a 26,000 sq.ft space of the USA Pavilion, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Biber Architects</a>. Through a series of immersive presentations and with multilingual college-aged student "ambassadors" as guides, the exhibition will include interactive features and digital media that aim to p...</p> A preview of Biber Architects’ USA Pavilion design for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-07-31T20:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:55:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Biber Architects of New York recently announced the groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion, "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet", for the Milan World Expo in 2015. The US pavilion is one of 147 participating countries responding to the expo's theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", which addresses global issues regarding food security, access and waste, and the challenging prospect of nutritiously feeding 9 billion people by 2050.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Highlighting America's role in the global food system, the barn-inspired pavilion includes features like a a harvestable vertical farm, food trucks, and a boardwalk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Read more about it on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Play With Your Food: Hunting for the link between architecture and food Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-22T17:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T12:39:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the last few weeks, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Visiting School</a> has been chopping and stirring and slicing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for their "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play With Your Food</a>" workshop. Participants are put through the rigorous paces that chefs face when designing new foods, and compare the methodology of cooking to architecture. At this intersection of food and architecture, cultures and personal histories collide for a (hopefully) mutually beneficial study of design methodology.</p><p>"Play With Your Food" has since ended, and we were in touch with the organizers and a few students to get a read on how the experimental workshop played out.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>From the organizers, Jorge Mendez-Caceres,&nbsp;Drew&nbsp;Merkle&nbsp;and Miguel Miranda:</p><p><strong>"Play With Your Food" draws parallels between architecture and cuisine, two seemingly very distant disciplines. What headway did the visiting school make in connecting these two worlds?</strong></p><p>Architecture and Cuisine/Gastronomy/Mixology do seem to have no relation when they are first mentioned in the same forum. Bu...</p> "Rum being the medium of choice", and other thoughts from "Play With Your Food", the upcoming AA Visiting School in Puerto Rico Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-30T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-06-09T13:41:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What do cooking and mixology have to do with architecture? Can food and drink, as prototyped and iterative objects, help us better understand architectural design? The<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> AA Visiting School</a> is traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico this summer for &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play With Your Food</a>&rdquo;, to tackle these questions and, in the process, try to find the secret link between gastronomy and architecture.</p><p>Program directors <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drew Merkle, Jorge Mendez-Caceres and Miguel Miranda</a> (all recent alumni of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA&rsquo;s DRL program</a>) laid out "Play With Your Food" for us over email, touching on their own histories with culinary experimentation and why they decided to host the school in the alleged &ldquo;rum capital of the world&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>What inspired AA to create a visiting school on the relationship between food and architecture?</strong></p><p>It was really us that brought the idea to Chris Pierce and Brett Steele who are the directors of the Visiting School, and the AA respectively. The relationship between food and architecture, is something which has been aro...</p> Rooftop farms combine the rural and urban in future cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-20T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:56:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As fossil fuels become more expensive and the number of urban dwellers continues to rise, urban farming will help feed the population without increasing the cost and pollution of food transport. [...] The rise in rooftop farming isn't limited to commercial operations. "Rooftop farming and gardening has become extremely diverse, and in that sense a more 'normal' presence in cities"</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dispatches from 5468796 Architecture's Table for Twelve | Tokyo Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-03T19:56:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T21:43:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect is delighted to present&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796 Architecture</a>'s travelogue for their award-winning research project,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Table for Twelve</em></a>. The Winnipeg-based firm received the 2013 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture from the Canada Council for the Arts, awarded to emerging Canadian architects with outstanding artistic potential. The $50,000 prize will support the firm&rsquo;s worldwide travels to both strengthen their skills and expand their presence within the international architectural community.</p><p>5468796&rsquo;s<em>&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Table for Twelve</em></a><em> </em>is a series of dinner parties held at architectural epicenters around the world, in the hopes that picking the brains of local talent will help them identify the drivers behind a strong design culture. Archinect plays host to their global dispatches through this travel blog, updated upon each city&rsquo;s dinner.</p><p>From 5468796, text by Sasa Radulovic:</p><p><strong>THE TRIP</strong></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5468796</a> Architecture&rsquo;s Sasa Radulovic and Johanna Hurme reflect on the third installment of their Table for Twelve series, ...</p> We need a Jamie Oliver of architecture to save us from uninspiring design Archinect 2013-12-23T13:40:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T14:57:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is the fault of the public&rsquo;s &ldquo;indifference to good design&rdquo;, rather than &ldquo;corporate greed&rdquo; of building companies, argues Mr de Botton, founder of Living Architecture and honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba). &ldquo;They merely want to make money and they have zero confidence (rightly) that we would follow them in the venture of delivering quality at the necessary price.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Interview with CASE-REAL, architects of "Restaurant on the Sea" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-13T17:54:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T22:32:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Recently featured as part of our&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase</a>&nbsp;series,&nbsp;&nbsp;"Restaurant on the Sea" by CASE-REAL is an elegant restaurant located smack on the coastline of Teshima, a tiny island in Japan's Seto Inland Sea. Opening for the Setouchi Triennale, the restaurant continues to serve local Japanese fare to the island's 1,000 inhabitants, after the art-seeking tourists' exodus.</p> <p> The modest project description left us wanting more, so we asked CASE-REAL to comment on a few of the restaurant's details.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Archinect:&nbsp;</strong>What kind of food will the restaurant serve?</p> <p> <strong>CASE-REAL </strong>(Ritsu Shibata):&nbsp;You can eat Japanese food in this restaurant, using the local ingredients including seafood from Setouchi Ocean. The restaurant serves a lunch menu, along with a prix fixe dinner menu (only with reservation).</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Archinect:&nbsp;</strong>What was the inspiration behind the public kitchen?</p> <p> <strong>CASE-REAL:&nbsp;</strong>The idea of the "public kitchen" was originally requested by the owner, Ms. Mitsuko Fukutake, who is also a councilor of Fuku...</p> The Architecture of the Great GoogaMooga: David Rockwell Dishes on the Food Festival's "Carny" Design Archinect 2012-05-22T14:02:00-04:00 >2012-05-22T14:03:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 26 years of designing restaurants in New York City, David Rockwell has become a go-to for gourmands. [...] This weekend, however, Rockwell showed off his set-design skills at Googa Mooga, the massive two-day outdoor food festival that debuted Saturday in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SOILED's third installment: Platescrapers Joseph Altshuler 2012-04-02T11:24:00-04:00 >2012-04-02T12:35:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Platescrapers navigates itinerant fare, comestible politics, and gastro-ritual to purvey stories about social issues and exaggerated realities; each story illustrates food as a monument to galvanize the public.</p></em><br /><br /><p> SOILED is an architectural periodical based in Chicago. It investigates latent issues in the built environment and the politics of space.</p> <p> SOILED's latest issue, entitled <em>Platescrapers</em>, is out! &nbsp;With three issues to date, SOILED is available in both a print edition and a free downloadable PDF via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.&nbsp; SOILED is published by CARTOGRAM architecture + urban design.</p> <p> IN THIS ISSUE:</p> <ul><li> <strong>Stewart Hicks</strong>, <strong>Allison Newmeyer</strong>, and <strong>Joseph Altshuler</strong> challenge us to play with our food.</li> <li> <strong>Annie Lambla</strong> connects yogurt making to dairy farms while observing the Midwest's culture.</li> <li> <strong>Thomas Hillier</strong> recounts the exodus and edible nostalgia of an English twosome.</li> <li> <strong>Greg Corso</strong> champions the inclusion of cannabis cultivation into architectural vernacular.</li> <li> <strong>Kyle Andrew Sturgeon</strong> strategizes an infrastructure to combat the invasion of Asian carp.</li> <li> <strong>Eyl&uuml;l </strong><strong>Keth&uuml;da</strong>&nbsp;choreographs a mega-event around victuals, monuments, and mob mentality.</li> <li> <strong>Francesco Vedovato</strong> sets the table with an ec...</li></ul> Chicago Architecture Foundation Gets an Appetite for Design Alexander Walter 2012-03-09T14:53:00-05:00 >2012-03-09T14:55:28-05:00 <img src="" width="400" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many of us evaluate a restaurant based on the food; after all, restaurants are about eating. But how many of us stop and think about the design--like the look of the interior, the materials used, and the color scheme--when it comes to our food experiences? This is the question that the Chicago Architecture Foundation wants you to think about through their series Appetite for Design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Journey from Architecture and Design to Gourmet Dog Food Alexander Walter 2012-03-02T13:40:00-05:00 >2012-03-05T19:34:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After getting her Masters of Architecture from MIT in 2001, she was an architect for Delson or Sherman, and then was a designer for Fresh, but she gradually started to lose interest in her projects at work. &ldquo;I decided I wanted to turn this passion of mine, to give my dog a well-balanced complete meal that made her healthy again, into a full-time job,&rdquo; Liao said of her decision to quit her job at Fresh almost two years ago to start her own company.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Incredible Edible High Line Park Replica Made of Thanksgiving Food and Recycled Sushi Boxes yukaroni 2011-11-21T12:52:16-05:00 >2011-11-21T16:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Want to wow your friends and family with a Thanksgiving centerpiece that isn't your typical snorenucopia, er, cornucopia? Then check out this incredibly intricate replica of the High Line, one of our favorite parks in NYC, that is made of recycled materials and, more importantly, vegetarian edibles like stuffing, mashed potatoes and yummy veggies.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bompas and Parr: Return of the Jelly Knights Alexander Walter 2011-05-06T20:06:52-04:00 >2011-05-09T18:25:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Taking the term to whole new levels, the British food and design consultancy duo Sam Bompas and Harry Parr has breathed new, refreshingly artificial, and entertaining life into what is known as "food experience." [...] Using cutting-edge technology, they even beat the gingerbread house as the known climax of architecture and food symbiosis and came up with what is known as "Alcoholic Architecture."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A wrong turn for L.A.'s food truck scene? Orhan Ayyüce 2011-05-06T01:06:20-04:00 >2011-05-06T22:51:19-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once an exciting, underground food scene driven by a punk rock aesthetic and an exploratory mentality is swiftly becoming a mainstream, bottom-line-obsessed maze of infighting and politics. "It's such a trend that you can't just be a hot dog truck, you have to be an Indian hot dog truck to be unique."</p></em><br /><br /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="">Previously</a></p> Food for Thought and other associated puns Paul Petrunia 2011-04-13T21:09:49-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At Jestico + Whiles we have a practice half day every month in which we get to do creative tasks, site visits etc. In December, the task was to create Edible Architecture based on certain London landmarks. A friend and I were tasked with creating the Thames Barrier:</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chris, Archinect's school blogger at the Bartlett, shares with us a recent project from his work at Jestico + Whiles. I really want some sushi now.</p>