The project is based on the farming process of phytoremediation, soil improvement through crop planting; a temporary pavilion, designed to host public facilities for social housing during the 2015 Universal Exposition, conceived as an educational space related to food, agriculture, cities and biological clean-up.
The relation between city and food has been a state of dependence. Cities could exist thanks to an efficient distribution of food. Contemporary global trade has broken this dependency. Food place (grow or raise food based on proximity and identity) has evolved in food space (grow or raise food wherever space is cheap and available). Urban citizens are unaware of this dependency on food. Since it magically pops up in supermarkets, there is no notion of the heavily industrialized processes of the contemporary food industry. There is no notion on the cycles of growth and on the interdependencies of crops to life stock. The proposal wants to bring the cycles of growth in the midst of the city and ironically incarnate an “industrialized” food process.
The pavilion is a movable pig shed combined with a hangout and info booth, made of liquid wood fruit crates: it moves along a path connecting the Expo site with the western parks of Milan. The building is constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed every week and moves 100 meters per week. Every week, a new space is occupied and a new place is created: after moving along, the pavilion leaves footprints of farmland as a permanent memory to this event. In a one-year time, a path of fruit trees and edibles may be generated, connecting the Expo site and the Naviglio Grande.