a collection of works

︎ the food-polis
︎ the architecture of crisis
︎ the farley building, new york

     Analysis of food deserts in NY (orange; julie chan) and of the 15-minute city concept (blue; nupoor maduskar).


     In combining the idea of a self-sustaining city and the issues of the food deserts in New York, the project is a response to crisis and uncertainty, exploring potentials influences on the social, political, and economic contexts of architecture and urbanism.

     Food deserts are not only an issue of location but also of access to education and class differences. By emphasizing the education on nutrition, the goal is to instill the next generation with an appreciation of the food system they are a part of.

     By studying the potential and dangers of the 15-minute city model across three cities, Paris, Melbourne, and Hudson Yards in NY, the question to answer was how to make a self sustaining city, at the scale of a building and that can be accessible and positively impact its surrounding neighborhoods.

    Taking a minimal disruptive approach to adaptive reuse, the central courtyard of the monumental Farley Building is intersected and infilled with a light, almost invisible superstructure over an edible landscape, creating an exhibition or experience in itself.

     Exhibited in this ever fluctuating light superstructure is a mixture of educational and commercial programs in collaboration with NGOs and Academies like Van Eyke.

     An edible landscape grows on the courtyard and overflows onto the outside stairs sparking a renewed interest for the public in the form of a farmers’ market and garden.

     While food is grown in the building, the cycle of production is completed with cooking it into meals in a rooftop restaurant along with in areas designated to support local food establishments and commercial kitchens.

With the aim of solving the mystery behind growing food, open learning workshops help the public to better understand this process hands-on and become a self-sustaining community.

     Following the narrative of mail distribution from the Farley building, a loading dock acts as a distribution center and warehouse to expand the reach of the food produced into the food deserts.


     The section (grey) shows the how different programs with each other reducing the mystery of food-systems; increasing transparency from courtyards into the floating superstructure and into the Farley Building.

     A concept panoramic highlighting how people and cars move through the building and its innovation, educational, production and distribution areas.

     Model images focusing on the connection of a floating volume and the punched existing facade, using its circumstances to create unique moments for social interactions between the two programs. The model uses rockite, acrylic and chip board to make this intersection come to life at a 1/8":1" scale.