Food and Architecture

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 5:42 PM


As a society, we transitioned from an agrarian lifestyle to industrialization, and now, a post-industrial, service-based economy. Today, more people are moving into urban environments, because dense cities offer opportunities for better jobs, infrastructure and access to proper health care.  As a result, we are facing the issues of being disconnected from nature. The first examples of bringing the natural environment back into the cities were urban parks, rooftop gardens, and green roofs. Currently, there is a push for developing architecture integrated with urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture and farming is the concept of cultivating and supplying food with in a city. By rethinking current urban practices, designers and architects are addressing the issues of limited space, food insecurity and lack of resources. Some firms like Architecture and Food are working on a large scale, developing host building that would provide neighborhoods with locally grown seasonal food. To learn more about their project please follow the link http://www.architectureandfood.com/

Ostergro, Copenhagen (PC Ostergro, 1)


However, small changes can be implemented on a much smaller scale. For instance, Torino based architectural firm Studioata designed a table with built-in pots for fresh herbs and flowers. As you are having a meal, you can quickly take advantage of a fresh garnish or herb to season the dish. For example, a fresh aromatic basil leaf can be added to any dish instantly or a sprig of mint can be a refreshing addition to a drink or meal.


Food table design by Studioata (PC Studioata, 2)



Architects, and to a larger extent, all designers, are interested in creating a more functional, but also beautiful integration of our urban lives and nature. The focus is to continue to develop new strategies to explore the possibilities where green areas are not just pleasing to an eye, but are also providing us with essential necessities like food.

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