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The barn and the Greenhouse. A choreography of the interior. Click to watch the video.
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Each family sized table is equipped with a kitchenette. Cooking has a fundamental role in reconnecting ourselves with the food we eat.
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The green in the greenhouse is not just a decorative element. It filters the sunlight from the south façade and provides shadows to the table through a canopy of vines.
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The barn doubles as a farmers' market opening its space to the park.
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At night, when occupied and illuminated, the exterior space at the end of the barn acts as a glowing lantern, sparkling in the darkness of the park.
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A series of “seasonal” compositions were developed as an integral part of the design process. Composition #3: October.
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The building is a modern food “temple” situated in the McCarren Park, a social and recreational hub for the diverse community of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY.

Food for The City

The current global food system, developed to support mass urbanization and a growing population, has unintended consequences: high energy consumption, food waste, land degradation, health issues and hunger. It is unsustainable, and it needs to be changed.

There’s a new paradigm, supported by a community of food activists, which seeks to build a local, small-scale system through the integration of rural and urban areas. For urban dwellers, it is the opportunity to re-establish a connection with food and nature that has been progressively lost over the past fifty years.

This thesis brings food back into the urban social life, celebrating its rituals and traditions. It envisions a place where people can grow, buy, cook, eat and, ultimately, enjoy and celebrate food; a place that transcends the private dimension of cooking and dining, usually confined to the domestic space; a new food paradigm that positively infiltrates the public, urban environment.

Thesis Advisor: Mark Rakatansky