It is estimated that in the next 50 years 80% of the world population will be gathered in urbanized cities, abandoning the rural and adopting new habits and ways of life. This urbanization will have a direct impact on our agricultural production and food quality. Nutritious racism is becoming more and more evident in the urbanized cities. Low social layers that cannot afford organic, nutritious goods are forced to consume second class products with unknown origin and impact on health. Food production is becoming industrialized while its transportation is getting more and more complex with crucial environmental impact. This project is dealing with these issues and tries to propose ways in which architecture can have an active role and explore solutions to these and upcoming ones as well. Its main aim is to try and create the basis for starting educating people around food culture through a collective and communal character. It is not about big vertical farming buildings. It is about building food communities and a resistance movement to combat junk food, malnutrition and the loss of food culture.
Alexandros Avlonitis is an Athens-based architect. He studied architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and obtained his MScAAd from Columbia University.