system design, prototyping

RADICAL FARMERS

A grocery store that facilitates partnership with local farmers for higher food production and distribution, while helping community navigate the evolving landscape of alternative food production.


Project Overview
In this 5 week system design course, we envisioned the future of agriculture in New York City, 2050 and prototyped what the food production would look like through the lens of the farmers and grocery store.
My Role
Research
Prototyping
Radical Farmers poster
Radical Farmers branding
Design Team
Stephanie Gamble
Seona Joung
Catherine Stoddard
THE CHALLENGE

HOW MIGHT WE FEED NINE BILLION AS MASS URBANIZATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE TAKE PLACE?



The world of agriculture today is rife with deeply embedded issues, particularly around pollution, food waste, and food insecurity. The industry is also faced with a huge challenge: how to feed an exponentially growing population as mass urbanization and climate change take place.

Adapting to a changing world, agriculture will merge with the urban landscape of New York City to transform how we grow and eat food. Small scale farming in the city will supplement large scale agribusiness in the countryside. Diets will trend towards eating insects and cell cultured meat to mitigate the impact of livestock on the environment. As land is lost to rising sea levels, growing efforts will shift towards aquaculture.

THE PROCESS

Wastes as part of regenerative processes for more food production

The Radical Farmers curate the food that are not energy intensively produced. Within the context of agriculture, this project conceives and explores the implications of designed products and services—the limits, possibilities and opportunities. As a group, we conducted secondary research and systematically mapped the systems. Then, we created our own business, products or service that incorporates the idea of scale systems.

For the deliverable, I worked on the poster of the Radical Farmers business and created the prototypes. The most unexpected moment of the project was when we discovered many alternative technology of food production. We became really curious about the technology such as vertical farming and cellular agriculture but we also became aware of the fact the technology is not the most viable solution because they also have extensive energy footprints to run the technology. Instead, we have to teach people to practice more sustainable solution such as less meat consumption and using wastes as part of the regenerative processes for more food production.