City of the Future
Synergising architecture: Integrating food system processes with urban functions towards liveable and sustainable agri-food business parks in Westland
The industrialisation and globalisation of agriculture in Westland, the Netherlands, has prioritised economy and efficiency, causing spatial competition and creating issues of liveability and sustainability. This project’s aim is to better understand how the synergistic integration of food system processes with urban functions through architecture can create a more liveable and sustainable development of agri-food business parks in Westland. Based on the result of a theoretical exploration of case studies and a spatial analysis, a design framework is devised and synthesised in a set of spatial design tools that can be used to create an architectural intervention to act as a catalyst and disrupt the problematic urban development around agri-food business parks in Westland. The spatial design tools are then interpreted in a design of a master plan and architectural proposal that reimagines a more liveable and sustainable future of Westland’s Honderdland agri-food business park in the town of Maasdijk.