Unhealthy eating habits and food waste are crucial issues that people need to deal with in today’s fast-paced society. The project aims to explore how to engage people in healthy eating through a range of different spatial experiences, in addition to examining the practical implications of sustainability in architecture and food waste. Based on a sloping site by the Glasgow Canal, the project has developed an experimental food community plan with Exchange Market Space at its core.
The site is adjacent to the Glasgow Canal, where the rapid growth and high-speed logistics of the modern city have abandoned the canal to the records of history, and similarly, the mass of commercial buildings continue to encroach on the city, where modernity has spatially separated nature from people, meaning that access to fresh ingredients has become more difficult. Supermarkets within walking distance in residential areas are limited. As a result, people are increasingly reliant on fast food and takeaways, with personal health becoming a cost. On top of this, the convenience of the internet has made food readily available, the cost of wasting food is no longer high, and the origin of ingredients, how they are made and where the food waste goes is also out of focus.
In an effort to improve unhealthy eating habits and emphasise sustainability, the food exchange project is based on the market, adding rich functional spaces such as Learning Kitchen and Exhibition. Not only does it meet the daily consumption needs of the neighbourhood, it also discusses the possibility of an alternative lifestyle in a uniform fast-paced life by presenting the complete process of growing, preparing, retailing and recycling food. Smell, emotion and memory are embedded in the built experience, and the abstract concept of food is materialised.The architecture processes this around the users, who form a subsequent consciousness through the food.