Edible City – Seeding the Future

Xuanxiao Chen

Reassembling the Earth


Jazairy El Hadi


My thesis starts from the dangerous loop that we produce food, and food’ transported, releasing carbon dioxides, which leads to the warmer climate. And warmer weather causes the crop yields decline. It’s harder and harder for people to get safe and cheap food, especially the poor people. What’s more, in the next 100 years, we may face the fact that 100 million more people will be born in the US. The larger population is, the greater the need for need. Based on that, I start to think about out food production in the context of climate change. Where do we get enough and safe food?

I take the south Bronx as a case study. It’s a very significant area that has the largest food distribution center in the world, serving the entire city of New York. And also, it’ the waste transfer station for New York city. However, in a place like this, the population is predicted to grow 15% this century, which means we must have more food, more energy, more land, more water to accommodate future generations. And those, are very huge number.

To prepare for such a future, I begin to study how to transform the south Bronx from a poor, industrial-residential mix with poor air quality and high food insecurity rates, into a green, food autonomous region suitable for future populations and climates. So, in the context of a warming climate and a growing population, I asked if we could add make use of potential vacant lands to grow more food sand promote food autonomy, sustainability, and community engagement. residents can have more space to grow food, participate in the community events like green workshop.

In the context of climate change, I hope to present a future scenario of food autonomy in which allow every community resident to participate in building green, sustainable eco- cities.