Gallery: FEEDER: An Elevated Highway Farm to Feed Chicago

 
Buying local produce is becoming more and more popular, but the fact remains that many cities are so dense that the closest available farmland is still many miles away. Studio Gang hopes to change that situation in Chicago by transforming the Ohio highway feeder ramp and transforming it into a ramp that feeds. Called FEEDER, the project would populate the underutilized open highway space with urban greenhouses and gardens where the public can grow their own produce and green space for even those with browner thumbs to enjoy.

The lack of farmland in Chicago means that food must be transported further and further to reach the population. And while it takes 12.5 acres of land to feed one person for a year with traditional farming, hothouse production feeds 36 times more people on the same amount of land. Feeder’s pyramid like greenhouses could be optimized to produce enough food to supply nearby markets and restaurants and buyers would only need to travel a short distance to pick up their fruits and vegetables – perhaps even on foot.

Of the project, Studio Gang says “It magnifies and exposes the important aspect of food production as a necessity for urban living” and “it offers a useful and productive gateway architecture that reinvigorates Chicago as an urban habitat.” In addition to filtering the polluted highway air, the farms will educate the public and students, giving them a new understanding and a stronger connection to the production of food.

+ Studio Gang

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  1. aponineapse November 3, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Hi! I want to sing a song and dance a dance! I am a clown!

  2. clown party November 2, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Hi! Lets have a big clown party!

  3. jo October 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Are you out of your mind?
    The current gen of auto emits clouds of noxious stuff, from Nox to metal particles to hydrocarbons – all billowing beautifully around the column of where it once was.
    The next gen will emit most of the same stuff.
    You want thousands of autos per day spewing that stuff all over your nice dainty clean green plants? You want Chicagoans to eat them after? You must not care enough about Chicagoans to think this through after just pulling the idea out of your…

  4. stuart October 19, 2010 at 3:49 am

    I love the idea, but is there any danger of vehicle exhaust fumes affecting the plants?

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