rawberry Fields Forever

Author: Tobias Klein and Dietmar Koering with Kleopatra Chelmi

with Eleanor Dodman and Graham K.Smith


Cities can be very isolating; people live in high-density tower blocks but lead individual lives and do not commune with their neighbours. ‘Growing your own’ is something that can bring people together, however allotments are rapidly disappearing in cities, as land is reallocated for housing. ‘Gathering’ is initiated through social interaction and agricultural cultivation in a hybrid typology – a zero-carbon network of greenhouses and fields within high-density living; a space cultivated by the residents for the residents. Fruit and vegetable markets further extend the gathering space. Here produce is exchanged between residents; this establishes a community feel through shared activity.

The vertical allotments are linked together, which means that not every allotment needs all layers of production. Overall goal is to introduce into the urban fabric a zero carbon network which produces food and energy; a new elastic network which will form the spine of future society and connects different cultures with there basic needs in an nowadays anonymous urban environment. This green fabric forms a new gathering space for the people who live in this district. The social aspect is farming, which tries to adapt historic idea of a village has now become an urban village. the aspects of social order with the equilibrium of nature to the idea that human being itself fills the gap, a gap which should taken care of and forms a gathering space. this feedback loop of production and social care also educates young people. The new gathering spaces transform the brutalist high-rise into a projected situation of urban farming, a symbiosis between nature and social order.