Farming Fish in Central London

Students at London's Architectural Association School of Architecture were asked (architectspeak in italics) Can extremes of programmatic effectiveness blend with the fragility of human habitat? Can food production be integrated into the fabric of the City?

AA Student Benedetta Gargiulo writes: Aquaculture is an urban landscape that playfully explores and re-imagines industrial food production, inviting visitors to examine the complex interrelationships between the private consumption and mass production of fresh fish. People will be invited inside to see the production of fish.

It is a fish-farm that doubles as an innovative architectural body, providing a network of bridges, multi-level pathways and accessible connections across the riverbanks, while contemporaneously purifying and treating the canal's water. The cultivated fishes are treated, filleted, and packaged on-site for instant consumption or for take away.

The visitors participate in the entire industrial process whilst experiencing an ‘Aqua Bridge’ or entering the ‘Aqua Tunnel’ by glancing at the mackerel and cod production lines from the sushi bar or simply by crossing and walking along the canal.

Yikes! People come in, watch the whole thing, and then eat sushi? The closest I have ever been to the inside of a fish plant is an episode with the Simpsons in Japan, but I have no doubt that if I was in one I would not then be heading for the sushi bar.

Still, there is a point to be made (as there is in our discussions of vertical farms) that we are going to have to learn to coexist with the sources of our food if we are going to reduce the distance it has to travel. More at Pruned.

Urban Agriculture on TreeHugger:

Fish Farming Moves to the Condo
Future of Food: Fish Farms in Condos
Vertical (Diagonal?) Farm from Work AC in NYC
The Future of Farming: Vertical or Horizontal?

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