Infratecture – Towards a new Food-Architecture

Cristiana Martinelli
Georg Meck
Konstantin Flöhl
Urban Design

Architecture is Infrastructure. Therefore it is an urban planning task to establish a resource efficient management system with circular approach to scale down the environmental impacts of the food industry.

Having learnt more about the inefficient food supply chain and its lack of sustainability, we developed a food supply chain based on regional sources. As climatic and pandemic emergencies become more and more part of the futures and the present, the question arises, how to achieve a resilient food industry that is relying on local production and local consumption. There is enough food planted in Germany to supply all humans living in Germany. This makes it mostly a question of distribution. In order to establish an ecofriendly and reasonable regional food-supply-chain without years of planning and building, we made intensive use of the already existing infrastructure. Tracks and ware-houses in the rural areas as well as in the city are the key-elements together with the selling units placed at tram and bus stations all over the city. By uniting the partners from the various sections, a regional value chain is created. The project and its infratectural approach has the potential to start now and being adjusted to its growth during the next years. Its goal is not alone to create a regenerative agriculture and a healthier supply system for all participants and users but to make it autarkic and to stabilize it for upcoming threats.

The website shows the full content and scale of the project.

The Project
Infratecture in one image
The Selling Unit
Transformation Fraunhoferstr. seen from Baaderstr.
The Selling Unit
Transformation Reichenbachstr.