Rome Studio with Davide Marchetti and George Hascup, Fall 2015
Farm Machine is a new approach to urban vegetable production and consumption.
A contemporary evolution of the mercato rionale, or regional market, is set on the banks of an old shipyard along the Tiber river in Rome. Exploring possibilities of agriculture in a dense, historically-charged urban environment, the project creates a new community experience. Combining gardens, food markets, and intensive farming technology, the Farm Machine complex would provide new social and economic opportunities. Focus on efficiency and environmental impact challenges conventional food production and distribution while keeping the Roman citizen's needs in mind.
The urban approach reverses the existing site conditions, transforming the historic ship repair and commodity facilities into public spaces for market and temporary exhibition. The voids are filled with bold extrusions which link the river to the via portuense while serving as plinths for the floating farm market. A bold addition to the Roman skyline, a public centre for living and learning, and a critical look at urban agriculture: Farm Machine takes a look into Rome's future.