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Ariana Zilliacus     




food+democracy


2018


︎Can an urban farm offer a space for social and political transparency? If we define infrastructure as the organisational - be it architectural, political, ethical - foundation of a society, this is an attempt to investigate how the values of productivity and consumption, ownership, and commuication can be manifested through the infrastructure of urban agriculture.



























[I am] not interested in architecture as the manifestation of a formal style, but rather as an instrument of self-government, of humanist civilisation, and how it demonstrates the ability of humans to become masters of their own destinies

(Paolo Baratta)







︎Does our infrastructure reflect our value system? Køge has historically been a trading city with an active port receiving resources and tradesmen from Germany and Norway, who brought their goods directly from ship to market square; Køge’s only legal trading space until 1858.


Many of today’s cities function very differently from those we have inherited from history, and relationships with the environment are changing. Low transport costs, based on the ubiquitous use of fossil fuels and facilitated by substantial government subsidies for transport infrastructure, often made distances irrelevant...today, urban dwellers don’t really live in a civilisation, but in a mobilisation - of natural resources, people and products.

(Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Cities,
Tjeerd Deelstra and Herbert Girardet)



︎Can ‘invisible’ bonds become a central part of a spatial experience? Sustainable consumption is not only an environmental, but also a cultural necessity. Producing, preparing and consuming food is a communal act with potentially quite significant social and psychological impacts. Research into behavioural science has shown that there is a corellation between the trust and cooperation between two parties, and food they are eating. One study showed that two people eating the same type of food come to an agreement twice as fast as two people eating different types of food. This correlation suggests that consumption - and consuming together - does have psychological and social benefits that I am interested in exploring.


The heart is to the body like infrastructure is to the city - but just as the body is much more than its circulatory system, the infrastructure cities depend upon is not limited to the obvious, billion-dollar construction projects that make headlines. Urban infrastructure spans all scales and numorous disciplines, ranging from design details to the small print in city policy...cultural vitality, social fabric and citizen participation are infrastructure as well.

(review of annuel ReSITE conference, In/visibile City 2017)


︎This project proposes to transform an unused silo in Køge harbour, into a seaweed-drying machine using pater-noster mechanisms. Spaces for public engagement are prioritised through: a public roof-top, the elevator and stairs to which pass through the hanging seaweed; an open plan on ground level, with a lifted facade that can be used for practical purposes when working with seaweed, or social get-togethers such as communal dining.