The Biospheric Project - Manchester International Festival 2013: Technical food systems

Greg Keeffe (Designer), Vincent Walsh (Producer)

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    The Biospheric Project is a nested multi-scalar urban agriculture project that aims to develop sustainable food systems in disadvantaged communities, though not only physical interventions, such as the urban masterplan and neighbourhood design to the building and its roof and façade, but also through social and commercial interventions, such as community involvement, businesses and a distribution system.

    The project is focused around the Biospheric Foundation, a community interest company and research think-tank whose aim is to hasten our transition to a closed cycle, low-carbon economy. Its home is Irwell house, that houses a large-scale aquaponic-based food production system, which is directly linked to a whole-food shop (78 Steps, named after the distance from the productive system) and a whole food distribution system (the Whole Box). The building sits within a post-industrial landscape which is being developed into a new productive landscape, utilizing the the technologies developed by the Biospheric Foundation and Prof Greg Keeffe of Queens University Belfast. The collaboration links designer, academics and activists across the disciplines of Urban design, Architecture, Permaculture, landscape design, environmental science and business and community.
    Original languageEnglish
    Media of outputOnline
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2013
    EventManchester International Festival - Irwell House, East Philip St Salford M5, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Duration: 18 Jul 2013 → …


    • Urban Agriculture
    • Aquaponic system


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