| Author: Stanley Tan
| Tutors: Damjan Iliev, Julian Krueger
| Bartlett School of Architecture
The project studies the theme of urban-suburbanisation, calculated efficiency of a self-sustainable urban infrastructure and the design of a rural retreat. Living units are integrated into a living canopy which is used to grow organic vegetables and also works as a rainwater harvester and irrigation system. A food market is also provided to the public.
Calculations based on a unit measure of energy requirements for a single male and female dwelling were measured to further break down how much land is needed to grow and rear vegetables and animals which could provide this energy for consumption according to the unit-mix of households and flat types.
This scheme aims to introduce and experiment with this way of communal living, in a village-like typology; where public allotments splay in-between living units on the ground level, communal hanging gardens creep overheads and the very personal private mint/herb gardens are lodged inside individual flats.
The strategy was to bring the outsides in and the insides out within the development. Where the distinction between green living spaces was blurred and integrated into one living space amongst herb gardens; shared allotments; and hanging gardens underneath the living canopy structure system.
By utilizing the strategy to stack and terrace planes, the site’s available planting area was doubled and maximum solar gain could be achieved for efficient planting on the living canopy system to increase and meet the energy requirements for the needs of the community.
It also aims to tackle the problem of London’s current food security, by promoting Locovarian means of eating off the land and its local produce. To spread the word and enjoyment of this particular lifestyle; a provision of a weekend Farmer’s market event space is at the heart of the scheme where the community and public visitors get together and share the harvest and spoils.