By strategically aligning forms of production with outlets of consumption, anyone who occupies the space is inherently influenced by the entire cycle of food. A soaring tower of vertical LED farming projects from the housing block as a billboard for purpose.  The restaurant latches onto the front corner of this LED tower, so that dining guests can experience its production both inside and outside. Adjacent to the outdoor restaurant sits the greenhouse + roof farm, which conveniently supplies the market below. All programs are tied together, to instigate the extension of public interaction with food beyond merely consuming it, elevating food production comprehension.


The purpose of this project is to integrate food production into the urban fabric. From the street, one can begin to perceive the sheer scale of productivity enabled by vertical LED farming. Adjacent to the street is illuminated retail space. The tower acts as a buffer or transitional element from the urban public space to the Production Factory and Processing Facilities.

[Rhino V-Ray base render, photoshop overlay] 


Food carries a phenomenal amount of influence on culture. It has the potential to impact people of every income level, and is associated withmultiple industries. This scene depicts the indoor restaurant space, it exists between LED growing tower and outdoor space, to encourage multiple understandings of food production. In the back of the image, the greenhouse and roof farm are evident. To the left of these spaces is an outdoorbar and seating area.

[Rhino V-Ray base render, photoshop overlay]


Entering the main market space, one can view the production and processing facilities as well as an overlook where CSA programs take place. This entrance lies on a center point of consumption, production and public space. To the left, a ramp carries pedestrians up and around the facade of the market place towards the CSA. There is a sense of phenomenal transparency between programs and their respective locations.

[Rhino V-Ray base render, photoshop overlay]

Through this one month comprehensive research assignment, I was able to extensively compare the inputs and outputs of various farming techniques in order to assess how each technique can impact a city environment. The design is a result of this intensive research in hopes of increasing awareness of food production through the integration of urban farming typologies into a more typical urban food program like restaurant or market place.


Studio Brief: This studio was primarily concerned with how the issues of urbanity, context, and environment affect the production of architecture. The conventional notion of "context" typically refers to the immediate surround of a built artifact. We will be expanding that definition and exploring context as the interrelated contemporary conditions in which we exist socially and biologically. Precisely the relationship between technological context and ecological context.
In short, while the increased capacity to technologically solve complex problems has been aimed at enhancing human capabilities, we are simultaneously inflicting widespread and catastrophic damage on the planet. This studio will begin to confront the potential impact that these two alternative theories might have on a specific work of architecture and its urban environment as they converge on one another. Proposing building and urban designs that leverage technological intelligence as a solution to urban ecological challenges. 
Through our collective research we will focus on strategies as a propagator to instigate and become part of an effective, living, urban network. Finally, we will explore ways of effectively communicating that story to a client and colleagues. 
Design Scenario: A NYC developer is running a paid competition that seeks proposals from international research groups to develop concepts for building a research facility on a site in Brooklyn, New York, near the NYC College of Technology. In response, a series of private research organizations with a significant amount of their funding sourced through government contracts are now competing to partner with a developer to build a new live/work/build/test facility. However, this facility is also located in the middle of downtown Brooklyn and across the street from a university, so it must actively participate in the urban life of the city. A compelling proposal and presentation is needed to engage the developer and eventually city officials. 
Your final product will be a hybrid between Architecture, Research, Graphic Design, and Storytelling. 
Convergence: The Singularity and the Anthropocene
Adjunct Professor, Joe Sisko of Locus, Syracuse, NY
300 Level Studio, 1 month research, 3 weeks design