Curator Team: NAUTA architecture & research
Duration: 2015.12.4 — 2016.2.28
Location: Collateral Exhibition Zone
NAUTA is investigating the potential of Chinese cities to base the design of the urban landscape on agriculture intensification. We believe that, either by completing urban voids or planning new extensive areas, urban design can offer both, beautiful social areas as well as an additional food bank for the growing Chinese population. Moreover, the agricultural use of the public space could instill principles of social inclusion, especially in cities where the percentage of rural migrants keeps growing.
Main focus of the program is the presentation of two projects, different for scale and approach. ‘Beijing Productive Voids’: NAUTA started to research the abundant urban voids in the Chinese capital with a rich group of consultants, in order to test the possibility to reuse them, introducing new forms of agricultural management, such as land leasing, indoor farming, as well as shortening the food distribution chain and reduce pollution from transportation. On the opposite, NAUTA’s Bao’an project in Shenzhen (in cooperation with SADI Shenzhen) investigates the possibility of using agriculture as a tool for the holistic design of the coast facing the Pearl River delta, capable of combining simultaneously social uses and productive landscape.
From local urban gardens to innovative vertical farming, hydroponic, aquaponic technologies, our studies investigate the potential of transforming the metropolitan landscape into a social productive reserve and offer a new way of thinking about landscape design not only focused on the aesthetics but as well on productivity.