A Model for Public Agrarian Architecture on the Suburban Edge
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The thesis project is a study for the integration of farming, urban use, and ecology at the edge of the city. The aims of the test-of-principle are to connect the urban consumer with the rural food producer, processing and productive landscape, and to examine mechanisms for local self-sufficiency and the preservation of farmland from suburban encroachment. The proposed model for this study is a sheep farm within the outskirts of Truro, Nova Scotia. At the landscape scale, the thesis takes the position that urban areas and farmland mutually benefit from co-localization. At the site and building scales, the thesis adopts the ‘farm-to-table’ model, seeking to vertically-integrate the full cycle of food-related programming. The public experience within this food hub is choreographed through visibility, porosity and overlapping circuits with farmer, sheep and product. By balancing the public, process and pragmatism, the thesis demonstrates a role for architecture within the agrarian domain.