design statement

This project considers how to combine urban farming into the plan of new Xiong’An using neural style transfer.

Most investment strategies are based on the principle of diversification— to reduce risk, create a portfolio that includes multiple investments. That said, our current food system does just the opposite. Its success depends on concentrated, large-scale industrial agriculture in only a few places. In Beijing, only 10% of the vegetable are from local farms. With limited additional capacity available to produce more food for a growing global population, Beijing also suffers from periodic, severe droughts that can impact food availability and pricing. As it stands today, our food system is at risk of failure. To feed a growing population and to reduce the energy, we need to grow our food closer to where we live—in cities.

Located 100km southeast of Beijing, Xiong’An aims to allocate the non-core function of Beijing, the capital. Unlike other big cities in China where land resources are insufficient, Xiong’An is the ideal context for developing urban farming.  Even more significant is the Chinese diet, which consists of approximately 60% leafy greens including spinach, lettuce, and kale. Leafy greens are an excellent choice for hydroponic and aquaponics growing systems. They thrive in the simplest of setups and don’t need a lot of extra attention. They grow quickly and weigh little, both of which make them an economical and efficient option.

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