Energy, Landscape, Culture: The Urban Food Exchange
Located on the banks of Maryhill Locks in Glasgow, this urban food exchange brings the methods of food production into the city and opens up understanding of its processes to the local and wider community. The main element of this scheme is the live in aspect and its relationship to the production elements. The design looks at both parts (the hub and the house) as separate but interconnected elements that communicate and connect to one another as well as the wider landscape of the Maryhill community.
This proposal uses natural resources in many elements, from structural and cladding materials (timber) to a water source heat pump and solar flowers for operational energy Not only does it use renewable energies it also brings new energy to the maryhill locks stretch of the canal as well as the wider community.
The scheme is designed from the existing landscape and adds another level of space for the local and wider community to enjoy. The buildings themselves frame one of the four lock basins opening up to the existing and drawing in new life.
Food is a central part of culture, you are what you eat, the hub element of the scheme brings in an easily accessible option the differs from the mass produced meals that are the easiest option for much of the city. Bringing local fresh produce and a place to learn about and buy that produce encourages a healthier culture for generations to come.