Studio 7: Cultivate

Studio 7 presenting at the Why? Factory, Rotterdam
Studio 7 presenting at the Why? Factory, Rotterdam
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  • Architecture
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  • Visioning
University of Sheffield
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Alongside his role at URBED, John also runs Studio 7 at Sheffield School of Architecture. In 2011-2012 studio 7,  made up of MArch students, MAAD students and Erasmus set out to explore issues the theme of cultivation.  The studio was based in Rotterdam.

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The brief for the project


Studio Brief: Cultivate

Nature operates according to a system of nutrients and metabolisms in which there is no such thing as waste.
McDonough & Braungart, Cradle to Cradle

Today no city lives within its own means. Instead they rely on a network of global distribution systems to feed their every increasing nutrient and resource needs. These same systems are then used to relieve the cities of their ‘waste’. As our cities grow the pressures on these systems and the natural environment will only increase.

As a studio we will explore the relationship of food and the city.  We will question the existing linear processes of production and develop strategies for cultivating ecological closed loop systems, which eliminate the notion of waste and move towards a low carbon future.

We will explore alternatives to current models of living, producing and consuming in cities and reconsider their relationship to the hinterlands that feed them. In doing this we will look to cultivate habitats, economies, ecologies, communities and social capital.

We will base ourselves at the heart of the existing supply network, at the gateway to Europe - Rotterdam. As the largest port in Europe Rotterdam is connected into a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system, which extends throughout mainland Europe.