Urban Housing Farm
by Kevin Sulca
This proposal is a new experience of life at home through a new space with two main functions: producing fruits and vegetables for family consumption in order to reduce crowds in markets and being a recreation and interaction place between housing and public space.
First of all, building new agricultural places at home is an effective way to reduce the ecological footprint of food production and adapt us to new changes in the urban landscape. Thus, a modular wooden system is designed which will be an extension of the house facade and it will be adaptable depending on the number of floors in the house. The purpose of this modular system is to allow people to grow food in vertical hydroponic gardens to eat or share with the local community. In addition, this type of garden is easy to transport and assemble to produce food. The farming activity would support families in a socially and environmentally sustainable environment, helping young people and adults to keep an active participation in the community.
Likewise, this new space fulfills the function of recreation at home. For this proposal, housing from developing countries was considered as an example specifically Villa Maria del Triunfo district, Lima Province – Peru, which is one of place with few green areas . Considering the scarcity of public recreation areas added to the lack of recreational spaces at home, which negatively impact people’s lives and more dramatically during the confinement of the pandemic, I firmly believe that this can be reversed designing an extension on the facade of the houses where children and young people can afford to enjoy recreational activities and adults can use it as office workspaces. Besides, the project aims to improve the existing conditions in terms of lighting, thermal and ventilation qualities.
This project was a finalist of the RIBA rethink 2025 competition.