Student: Ariela Lenetsky
Advisor: Fabrizio Gallanti
Studio: Design Studio Option (DST)
Year/Term: Fall 2016
In the context of finite land resources, unstable agricultural economies and progressive environmental degradation, this project interprets the landscape and potential of a typical, small scale, Quebecois organic farm unit in a series of architectural objects that link more precisely sustainable, resilient growing techniques to today’s phenomena of the agricultural industry. By rethinking the farm’s existing terrain and embracing the current typology, there is the opportunity to discover a hidden morphology in the site through the activation of its current, heavily forested topography. The proposed system removes the need to clear necessary forested land to grow horizontally by building farms vertically as an alternative territorial configuration that merges the idyllic pastoral landscape with the highly technological and industrial production of the agro-industrial industry. This contrast allows for a proposed integration of control and leisure, played out in a vision, where machines flamboyantly perform all the visible work, while humans can control and monitor from a distance.