Being a vegetarian, it is a little hard for me to smile on a design proposal about pig farming. Nevertheless, I was totally taken with Dutch architecture group MVRDV’s clever (and I think tongue-in-cheek?) urban design proposal for a “Pig City” – consisting of huge skyscrapers filled to the brim with automated pig farms. In 2000, pork was the most consumed form of meat at 80 billion kg per year. Recent animal diseases such as Swine Fever and Foot and Mouth disease are raising serious questions about pork production and consumption. Two opposing reactions can be imagined. Either we change our consumption pattern and become instant vegetarians [unfathomable!!] or we change the production methods and demand biological farming.
I love the way that in this proposal, the prospect of vegetarianism seems more ridiculous than the prospect of creating giant high-rise ‘Pig-Cities’ throughout the Netherlands. But we do love anything to do with skyscraper farming – even when pigs are involved. In fact, especially when the pigs – instead of being real flesh and blood animals – are adorable CGI pigs rolling around in the leaves, as shown in these 3D renderings!
MVDRV is best known for their playful rethinking of traditional architecture tropes. We recently featured one of their proposals for the redevelopment of New Orleans, and there is a ton of good stuff hidden on their flashy flash website. Check it out >
+ MVRDV + Skyscraper Farming
Interview with Nathalie de Vries on Archinect >
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Land area in Europe is so precious that farming has to be in high-rise structure. Don't despair Jill, because you can alternately set-up automated vegie-cities with pig-cities. Though, pig-cities has to be well-engineered in terms of containing air-polution emanating from those structures, and draining their waste in a digestion tank to create biogas or methane. The slurry by-product of biogas will be dried up to be used as a fertilizer. The effluent from the digestion tank would be cleansed or filtered by vegie-cities. Lots of pumps and other high-tech machines to be used here that consumes electricity! Solution?... Use biogas and solar power to run all the machines. The entire farming city would also be a hybrid power plant as well. Sheldon, this is Engineering Matrix in practical application, using available resources that would compliment one another. Lorenzo II Philippines
Is it me or does it strike everyone that they been watching The Matrix a bit too much? :o)