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Agrihome: The vertical ommunity
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Have you ever thought about how dependent you are of the systems in society - the government, the municipalities, and the economy in an everyday life perspective? Probably you have, but have you thought about how much? Imagine a day when it is -20°C outside and the power goes off. What do you do?

If you are not prepared - like most Swedes aren’t - you soon have no way of heating your home, put on the lights, cook food or take a warm shower. Today you are supposed to be able to survive without governments help for one week in case of a crisis. Most of us can’t manage that.

I think it’s absurd how much we all depend on these systems. It’s scary. The population of the world is growing and by 2050, 75% of the population will be living in and around cities. Today 42% of the worlds land surface is used for farmland. Can we expect that the government will provide food for all of us? We need to be able to be self-sufficient within the borders of the city, and not only in the countryside.

My project is not about going off the grid and being 100% self-sufficient. It’s an experiment to see if it is possible for people to live without governments help to provide power, food, water and heat in a city environment, both in the everyday life and in case of crises.  It´s about taking small steps for helping the environment, ourselves and society. Being self-sufficient doesn’t mean you can’t keep your job or your hobbies; today the technology is so developed, making it possible to be self-sufficient without having to give up our time. The project will be placed on a vertical scale to make the footprint as small as possible and to see how many people it is possible to host in that limited area.

The programs in the project are divided into three categories: food production, technology, and social programs. In my research, I’ve mainly focused on food production using both vertical farming and traditional farming. Other systems that I also focused on are the technological aspects for creating a passive building and a bioclimatic design using passive solar systems.

The site that I have chosen is on Ön, an island in central Umeå. For several decades, several generations of politicians in Umeå have discussed the future of the island but have now proposed a new city plan with a total of 3600 apartments. The planning is based on building ecologically, economically, technically as well as socially sustainable, which I’m hoping to achieve with my project. My plan is to take over a small block for my project, thus the design is adapted to the site and its conditions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 8
Keywords [en]
Arkitektur, självförsörjande, vertikal odling
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-159895DiVA, id: diva2:1321897
Subject / course
Architecture
Educational program
Architecture Program
Presentation
2019-05-24, Auditorium på UMA, Östra Strandgatan 30, 903 33, Umeå, 15:50 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-10 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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