Terreform ONE

Terreform ONE

Brooklyn, NY


Cricket Shelter: Modular Edible Insect Farm

The continuous impact of climate  dynamics, armed conflicts, non-stop  urbanization and economic  upheavals present a distinct need for  a hybrid architectural topology to  deliver parallel solutions for food and  shelter in each distressed region. This  is a dual-purpose shelter and modular  insect farm bounded into one  structure. It’s intended for the  impending food crisis, where people  will need access to good sources of  alternative protein, as raising  livestock is not possible at our current  rate of consumption and resource  extraction. The United Nations has  mandated insect sourced protein is a  major component to solving global  food distribution problems.  This  impacts the diets of all peoples  across the globe.

In an advanced economic setting,  this farm can introduce a  sophisticated and ultra-sanitary  method of locally harvesting insects  for the production of cricket flour in  fine cuisine recipes. It can also serve  to be a new topology for a specialty  restaurant, eatery, storehouse or  similar architectural program.  Introducing crickets into the modern  American/ European diet is not a  simple task, but there is precedent.  For example, a few decades ago  American’s did not wish to eat raw  fish. Yet positive change  materialized after sushi was  introduced on a culturally refined  and hygienic level. The same kind of  approach needs to be embedded in  the cultivation of crickets to achieve  the cleanliness, quality, and purity of  the farm-to-table system.  Over two  billion people eat insects every day;  it’s time to reintroduce them into the  diets of the remaining population.

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. Our project 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 the temporary shelter easily  coverts to a permanent farming  system/ eatery after the crisis has  dissipated.

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Status: Built
Location: Brooklyn, NY, US
Additional Credits: Credits: Mitchell Joachim (PI), 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.