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FEEDER: An Elevated Highway Farm to Feed Chicago

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On October 18, 2010 @ 6:50 pm In Architecture,Urban design | 4 Comments

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The lack of farmland in Chicago [5] 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 [6]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 [7]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 [8] will educate the public and students, giving them a new understanding and a stronger connection to the production of food.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Studio Gang: http://www.studiogang.net/

[2] urban greenhouses and gardens: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=urban+farm

[3]  : http://inhabitat.com/feeder-an-elevated-highway-farm-to-feed-chicago/feeder-bridge-chicago-4-2/?extend=1

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/10/Feeder-Bridge-Chicago-51.jpg

[5] Chicago: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=chicago

[6] pyramid : http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/29/the-victoria-albert-museum-as-a-daylit-inverted-pyramid/

[7] Studio Gang : http://www.studiogang.net/projects_e6.htm

[8] farms: http://inhabitat.com/2009/07/13/plantagon/

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