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Victoria Wong – “FOODS OF TOMORROW”

Foods of Tomorrow aims to rewrite Detroit’s nature by reexamining its relationship between ecology and social structure and exploring human and non-human relationships through a series of neighborhood studies. Broadly, the nature and meaning of “food” are being brought into question. Challenging the monopolistic food supply and American extractive philosophy, the former Highland Park Reservoir is repurposed into a market that incorporates the remaining water treatment facility by creating a manmade ecosystem that produces and houses “food” for different agencies, including groceries for humans, greeneries for animals, and bamboo as a construction material for the local sites.

The field study is inspired by a close examination of Detroit’s housing demolition and tree canopies. The module results from two overlapping fields where the organic forest-like column structure complements the orthogonal market organization. The language is applied to both interior and exterior conditions. Internally, the open circulation is defined between different segments of the food commons allowing both human and non-human agencies to roam freely on multiple levels. Serving as both water collection and wayfinding, the ceiling’s vertical undulations indicate a significant event in the plan known as “nodes.” The same rhythm carries externally where the furniture and column systems are integrated into the site like roots, effectively rewilding the module into natural elements.

Elyssa Bakker – “Seasoned”

“Seasoned” is a design proposal for a performative architecture that facilitates food education and preservation processes in the community through a data visualization display wall. This design proposal rethinks the food supply chain by encouraging consumers to creatively reprocess food at preservation stations scattered throughout the supermarket. Many of these food preservations processes, such as fermentation, can take months to cultivate flavoring. Food in a “progress” state is loaded onto the cable-based display shelves where it becomes inaccessible; gradually the food returns down the cable to become accessible again when it is ready for eating. The “data visualization” wall allows preservation workshop goers to track the development of their food and understand it within the larger context of the food supply chain. The display wall become a timeline that showcases the temporality of food access.

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