Winter 2017 presents: Urban Agriculture and Hydroponic Towers

Can we improve the strategy to locate sites to leverage architecture’s impact on the community? This relationship is defined by the method and purpose of urban research. By understanding the purpose and necessity of data research, urban planning research integrates policy, economics, culture, infrastructure and demographics to establish a comprehensive urban strategy to locate the Food Hubs.

Located within the intersection of sustainability, resiliency and technology, hydroponic farms promise to simultaneously address multiple issues of food equity, social equity and natural resource management. With their ability to produce higher yields of healthier vegetables with virtually no water, and available on-site with no transportation systems, hydroponic systems have become the critical urban nodes to re-structure and fortify vulnerable communities.

The Studio advocates for the potential of hydroponic farming system as a strategy to feed and empower inner city communities that live below the poverty level. The relationship between advanced technology and social impact are embodied in these new urban towers.

The teams are assigned to different sites within Los Angeles County. The variety of site conditions represents the polycentric nature of Los Angeles: communities, demographics, and economics. The teams will graphically represent the research data that will support such a dense urban culture and in the second half of the semester,  envision future urban scenarios.