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Part 2 Project 2015
Paul Christopher Avery
RIBA Studio, UK
The City represents man’s greatest achievement and is a theatre of human activity. Winchester is famous for trade, food, manufacture, tourism, creativity and education. Reflective of many cities, these parts of society have become disconnected, contributing to their individuality rather than the collective whole, due to zonal planning and the change from an industrial to a service based economy. Resulting strategies have severed human connectivity to sustenance and the chance overlap of human activity, which traditionally sustained the richness of urban living. This physical separation has left our inner cities bereft of cultural activity.

Agri-Culture provides an applied architectural philosophy that challenges planning and what makes a city; proposing an abstract idea of how people live in cities to create a greater, reconnected and sustainable whole. Based on interconnected strategic and technical closed-loop cycles, Agri-Culture explores re-establishing the primal symbiosis between the historical basis of culture: agriculture, with urban dwellers and their sustenance, integrating the creativity and craft of the artisan, and alternative modes of transportation.

Agri-Culture introduces new methods and typologies for food production to the city that are literally and technically more cultured, developed by the principles of which Winchester is famous. Agri-Culture is a centre for living.

Paul Christopher Avery


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