In the regional LafargeHolcim Awards, four projects in each region receive an Acknowledgement prize. In North America, these prizes all went to authors in the United States. A team from the University of Arkansas Community Design Center in Fayetteville, AR, developed an urban watershed plan to improve an entire region in Conway, AR. LEVER Architecture andproject^ in Portland, OR, designed a prototype high-rise completely made of wood for their city. Johnston Marklee in Los Angeles plan to renovate and expand the UCLA Graduate Art Studios in Culver City, CA, exclusively using sustainable materials and methods; and Terreform ONE in Brooklyn, NY, developed a modular-design farm for edible insects in New York City.Read more »
This pavilion is a demonstration of an urban farming system that minimizes the ecological footprint of protein- rich food production. Animal meat production is extremely resource intensive. This project proposes an alternative that emits just 1 % of the greenhouse gas emissions and requires 0.001 % of the land to produce the same amount of protein annually when compared to beef production. The interconnected pods that comprise the structure include cricket habitats and their water and food supply connected via circulation tubes. The modular construction educates consumers on the use of the farming apparatus, which ultimately envisions a food supply chain decoupled from environmental destruction.
As provocative as this entry might seem, it is nonetheless commended by the jury for its radical approach to food systems. The project should be seen as a provocation to the status quo of meat production, which is carbon intensive. It proposes a form of protein that is less carbon intensive. The exuberant architectural expression was understood by the jury as a means of calling attention to the possibilities of insect farming, making it appear sanitary and futuristic, if not yet palatable.See more
Planet: Resource and environmental performance
Cricket Shelter is an urban farming system and temporary shelter that minimizes the ecological footprint of protein-rich food production. It is a well-established fact that industrialized animal agriculture accounts for one fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions, and with global demand for meat projected to double between 2000 and 2050, the industry’s space requirements constitute one of the most significant drivers for deforestation in the world. This project proposes an alternative: with 1 % of the greenhouse gas emissions and requiring 0.001 % of the land to produce the same amount of protein annually as cattle farming, environmental destruction need no longer be the consequence of ensuring our food supply.
People: Ethical standards and social inclusion
Cricket Shelter operates as a hybrid typology providing an ultra-hygienic farming method for consumption of insects. As a modular structural system, it lends itself to simple construction and deconstruction in various site-specific orientations, making it easy to educate consumers on use and maintenance. As a shared farming system, in the spirit of community gardens, it contributes to the formation of inclusive, socially viable environments and the sustainable development of vacant lots. By bringing alternative agriculture practices and entomophagy into a given community’s collective consciousness, Cricket Shelter contributes to the education and empowerment of the public with regard to their role in sustainable production and consumption.
Progress: Innovation and transferability
Cricket Shelter is a self-sufficient, interconnected system of structural pods which doubles as an optimal environment for supporting the lifecycle of crickets. Its flexible construction and mobility renders it accessible worldwide. The embedded ecosystem permeates the structural system, each independent module linked by tubes connecting the elements to render the crickets “free-range”. Since insect farms often experience wide spread contamination, the adaptable circulation system articulated on the structures exterior can be modified to provide quarantine conditions and mitigate the effects of bacterial or fungal infection. In this way, Cricket Shelter offers a sanitary solution to current entomophagical activity without forsaking the ethics or the genetic advantages of the system.See more
Modular edible insect farm, New York City, USA - This pavilion is a demonstration of an urban farming system that …