| Author: Kuralay Yesmukhanova
| Tutors: Maria Kessler, Paola Sassi
| Oxford Brookes University
Oxford produces only 1% of its’ food consumption needs. Therefore, Oxford’s food consumption need is responsible for 22% of greenhouse emissions (380 000 tonnes/year), caused by the city due to the embodied energy of processing, packaging, and transportation. Moreover, some parts of the city are facing the food deprivation: healthy food is being sold mainly in more wealthy neighborhoods, while the rest of the city has the access to the junk food mainly. This leads to obesity, health problems and lower quality of life in general.
The project focuses on creating an educational center + community center for the neighborhoods in the food-deprived zones. It also facilitates weekly farmer’s market and social events related to sharing the food and cooking. This allows to:
- increase the cultural meaning of food;
- provide moderate priced food;
- providing additional employment cells;
- providing access to healthy food;
- providing cooking facilities;
- educating self-management.
The community center also involves learning the new methods of farming, such as aquaponics. The whole building is designed to control the heat loss and provide adequate ventilation, humidity, solar access for both plants and visitors. For instance:
- the aquaponics zone glass roof has automatically opening windows for the natural ventilation and space cooling;
- the excessive heat from the kitchen is forwarded towards the greenhouses and the aquaponics zone;
- opening heat difference creates the stack ventilation effect for the workshop area during the night time.
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