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FOOD HUB, ELPHINSTONE ROAD

FOOD HUB, ELPHINSTONE ROAD

November 4, 2020

BACKGROUND STUDY AND NEED OF THE PROJECT

The population growth and migration has lead to urban sprawl, If the urban sprawl is  not controlled, the concentration of human presence in residential and industrial zone may lead to alteration of ecosystems. Development associated with urban sprawl encroaches the spaces like forest areas, farmland and open spaces leading to no space for public. Urban sprawl contributes to poorer air quality and emission of greenhouse gases leading to climate change. The impact of the changes in the city have large effect on health of the inhabitants, psychologically and/or physically.

By the year 2050, it is projected that the world’s population will exceed 9 billion people, with over 70 percent of humans living in cities. New environmental challenges will have to be faced. Climate change due to greenhouse gases that are already in the atmosphere is expected to worsen. Food growing is already significantly affected by climate change, particularly through reduced and unpredictable rainfall, increasing temperatures and heat waves, and extreme weather condition.

There is a rapid growth in population in India, but the agricultural growth is estimated to increase by 2% in a year, which will be incapable to match the growing population. Food takes the center stage of life but has been neglected by society. Everything revolves around food. The incremental impact of the way towns and cities are designed are depleting the access to food. The modern city makes it harder for many to access quality food and increasingly separating us from the places of food production.

HISTORY OF CONSUMPTION AND DISTRIBUTION

During early humans evolved they settle near the banks of he rivers forming a civilization, humans were closer to the production of their food. Today  the relationship between people and food is been separated by middle men.

Historically, the development of cities has been connected to its production, supply and distribution. But with the migration of rural communities to urban cities, the human population has become increasingly removed from sites of agricultural production and are less aware of how their food is made. The direct relationship between producer and consumer is now separated by an ever-expanding line of middle-men entities including distributors, processors and retailers.

The food produced with lesser resource inputs is better than the equivalent amount of food produced from higher sources inputs. People are both physically and culturally away from the sources of food. The demand for the food is increasing, the growing trend of exploring more variety of food has increased the urgency to focus and improve the food security systems.

Many people are dependent on outdoor food on daily basis. People are keen on exploring a new variety of food. This has increased the urgency of food security for the growing urban population.

ARCHITECTURAL INTERVENTION

On the other hand, the burden for maintaining work-life balance in the modern world is becoming more challenging. The pressure to achieve targets in the office is always high. With the growth of technology, especially in communication, an employee is no longer restricted to its desk and is expected to be available round the clock

The pressure faced by the individual directly affects the efficiency of the organization. As the pressure increases so does the need for release. Communication which is the key to the success of any individual and company is something that can be greatly improved through recreational space. Improved communication means improved relationship amongst colleague which in turn improves the quality of work output. Office spaces are generally dull, boring and noisy and distracting with no recreation space for the employee.

Food and entertainment are a new means of recreation for people. As the business workforce is increasing the demand for foodservice industry has increased. People are largely dependent on outdoor food. The free time provided to the employers is their lunchtime, recreation through food will use their free break to the fullest.

The e-commerce industry has lead to depriving mall culture. Which has exponentially increased the foodservice industry, which has the highest demand by office-goers and youngsters.

The project will create an opportunity that would help to minimize the problem of food production and form a space that would balance the increasing demand of food service industry and will create a leisure space for the inhabitants. It will be a place where people grow, produce, distribute and sell food.

AIM

To create a space which can form a node for the people for holding and experiencing different form of food, sports and entertainment spaces.

Create a hybrid between food service industry and Public Recreation to maintain the social environment for the busy business sector of the city.

OBJECTIVE

To explore the symbiotic character of commerce and culture.

Explore the inter-relationships of the spaces and the challenges of disparities caused by design which restrict spaces to a particular segment of the public.

To evolve a contemporary model of the conventional Indian market.

Decreasing the gap between food production and consumption.

Using new technique at its best to provide fresh and healthy food products for consumption through urban farming. The thesis is the bridge between recreational space for corporate work force and the growing demand for food due to urbanization

PROGRAM OF THE PROJECT

It is a mixed used project. The food will be produced through a technique called Aquaponic Farming, and would be distributed to the restaurants and Food outlets and sold in the Food market i.e Foodhall. Kitchen incubator is also provided to support small business as people will get a shared space and all the equipment needed to start by their own. Shared amenities like offices and meeting spaces are provided withing the incubator.

Technique used-Aquaponics

Aquaponics is a farming technique that combines hydroponics with aquaculture.

It is a closed-loop system that recycles waste and water stream. Aquaponics is a method in which both crops and fish is cultivated. The fish are kept in a tank and the crops are grown using hydroponics i.e. without soil. When fish lives in a tank, their waste builds up in the water which is poisonous for them. But what is toxic for fish is nourishing for plants. They love nothing more than to suck down some fish waste. So with aquaponics, the fish waste-laden water from the fish tanks is funnelled to the tubs where the plants dangle their roots. When the plants absorb the nutrients they need from that water, they basically cleanse it of toxins for the fish. Then that same cleansed water can be funnelled back into the fish tanks. Cultivation plants through aquaponics are both easy on the environment and easy on finance.

Site Location :          Elphinstone Estate

Site Area:                 20.000 Sq.mt

FSI                               1.33

Total built up Area          26,600 Sq.mt  

THE SITE IS LOCATED IN ELPHINSTONE ESTATE WHICH IS A PROPOSED FINANCIAL HUB

                   

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

MASSING

The structure is divided by a Public Square in the middle, where one side is leading to Food court and spacious food outlets with its own central plaza and the other leading to foodhall and recreational sports facilities. Space for Aquaponic is provided on the southern side of the site. A connecting bridge between the two spaces runs above the open central plaza. Space frames enclose the foodcourt providing a friendly and interactive space for the users. Small pockets of green open spaces are provided throughout the structure.



2 Comments
  1. Neha
    November 5, 2020

    Awesome project. I can see why it is shaping up. Everything is well balanced, and provide the perfect recreation for employees who need time reprieve from their workload. Food is one way to connect with others and enable us to be more happier and more fuller.

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  2. Sanika
    November 5, 2020

    Such beautiful projects should be executed by the government

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