AGRI-UP

In this course we were asked to choose an agriculture problem and design models inspired by it. The issue I chose was urbanisation and its effect on agriculture. Researchers estimate that the world population will reach 9 billion people and to feed humanity in the coming 40 years it will be needed to produce an equal amount of food to the amount produced in the last 8000 years. Following the urbanisation process, the urban population has surpassed the rural population and as long as it is on the rise there is a rising number of people dependant on food supply and fewer people taking part on food production. The food insecurity is caused by the way the global food economy is managed by western society. In the past residential areas were built in proximity to agricultural areas and each family had its land to be self-sufficient. Today with the rise of population and the migration of humanity to the city the trend of moving away from agricultural land has become stronger towards full disconnection between families and agriculture land causing inability of providing food during drought, war and natural disasters. When hunger strikes the population gets hurt more than in the past.

However, It is possible to use urban agriculture methods and amongst them vertical farming to grow our food in our own living space. Imagine we could grow our own food on the walls of our home. Urban Agriculture means growing and providing food inside the city areas and includes produce of fresh organic food which is cheaper, healthier and free of pesticide. Reduce in shipping needs allow a decrease in pollution and the creation of more green areas, more income sources and workplaces, farmer-consumer community relationship and more recycling of urban waste. The rural area population that migrates to the city have vast agricultural knowledge which can be used for boosting urban agriculture development.

In my design, I took inspiration from skyscrapers in an isometric look and the architectural drawings of Li Han . The material I used was denim which considered to be working fabric combined with elements from the gardening world. It was important to me to think about the use of pockets in gardening outfits and their location on the body. Also, the use of different shades of denim was taken from the look of fields from a bird's eye view.



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