AEV Hotel & Condo
In today’s globalized food system, knowledge of industrial food production, and agribusiness practices are a growing concern for many consumers. These questionable practices of the “modern” food system are a result of post-WWII left over’s and United States capitalist ventures: domestic and foreign. The consequences of these “modern” actions are now present in environmental devastation, national health deterioration, as well as the exploitation of those working the food chain. Those on the production line and consumers. The result is now a national and global grassroots movement towards more self-sufficient food production and practices, while these actions can vary to many degrees numerous consumers are no longer solely foraging at their local grocery store for their daily nourishment, instead many are picking fresh produce from their personal or community gardens, buying from local farmers markets, purchasing CSA (community supported agriculture) shares or even starting small urban and rural farms.
Food and health is an important aspect of my life as it is and should be to everyone. Because of my love for food, I have a strong interest in the combination of sustainable design and organic farming. Thus as a designer I feel I am able to contribute to the investigation of alternative systems for buildings in urban agriculture. Water is an essential element to all life, and it is a key factor in my design of the AEV Hotel Condo. The AEV Hotel Condo is an experimental living space, which provides a place for relaxation, activities and education. AEV is a multi functional building that features hotel rooms, condominiums, restaurants, private and community gardens, market, greywater storage facilities, recreation area, and a business center. WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is incorporated into the hotel condo program. WWOOFers stay long/short term to provide assistance and organize farming courses. Gardens are designed on the upper level of the building to gain maximum sun exposure for small crop production. Waste water from residents and guests’ showers and sinks would loop into water treatment systems and storage tanks for garden irrigation. Over storage greywater is collected in the lower level of the building, then wash down the façade like a waterfall to create a feeling of an island in the city.
Site: Philadelphia, PA
Study Model Dimension: 22” L x 18” W x 12” H
Studio: Tina Manis