I have always been passionate about this earth we live on. As a kid, my grandmother taught me all the local birds and flora. We went on regular beach walks and on one very exciting day even discovered a rare sponge that made it in as a museum specimen!
I have also been enamoured with architecture since I can remember. Art, design, life curation… what a gift to envision and craft a home for people to grow in.
It’s no secret that our planet is fast on the way to becoming uninhabitable for humans. As much as I love gorgeous modern builds, I can’t help feeling shocked and confused when they have a huge footprint. It is plain lazy to design unsustainable buildings. The knowledge and experience are out there, just look at Scandinavia, to not use it is apathetic and arrogant.
Last year I came to the realisation that urban agriculture could be one of the lynchpins to saving humanity. I am now on a mission to learn as much as I can about the intersection of architecture and agriculture as I believe that is where we will answer the questions of:
- How do we bring food production back to our communities to minimize our transportation emissions and costs?
- How do we not just reduce the urban heat island effect, but also utilize it? Hint, the heat lengthens the growing season to increase harvests and moderate the city temperatures
- Will we be able to feed cities that are predicted to swell in population but not land size?
- Can we work with unique regional climates to design more adaptive buildings?
There are even more problems I believe agritecture can solve. Ultimately when people say what is the meaning to life I think about why are animals on the earth, why are plants on the earth, are we not the same? I believe plants and animals are here to live in harmony, a symbiosis, and I believe humans should strive for that too. I hope through agritecture I can help nudge some parts of the globe back to a balance.