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China’s Rapid Urban Development. “ Every year 200,000 hectares of farmland are turned into roads, factories, shopping malls and residential areas. Over 50 million farmers have been displaced by such land grabs with little or no compensation. ” United Nations Development Programme by VINCENT KOLO  socialism today

Resource: h+p://  

City Farmers News. “ Over 200 million farmers to lose their livelihoods in the last 30 years.” by CJ Lim

“ Leaving The Land: China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million from Farms into Cities ” By Michael Levenston

“ Hundreds of millions of residents in China abandon farming for better paid work in cities ” by Michael Levenston

Resource: h+p://  :  smartci<es  +  eco-­‐worries  by  CJ  Lim  and  Ed  Liu,  published  by  Routledge  

Pollution. “ Environment: China’s pollution overload ” By World News, Socialist Party

“ Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food ” By Edward Wong

One-sixth of China’s arable land, nearly 50 million acres suffers from soil pollution

“ Chinese farms cause more pollution than factories, says official survey ” By Jonathan Watts

“ Groundbreaking government survey pinpoints fertilisers and pesticides as greater source of water contamination,” Resource: h+p://­‐chinas-­‐pollu<on-­‐overload/   h+p://www.ny<­‐earth-­‐no-­‐more-­‐soil-­‐pollu<on-­‐plagues-­‐chinese-­‐countryside.html?_r=0     h+p://­‐farms-­‐pollu<on  

Reaction. Suzhou “Three Million Mu (Chinese acre)” plan - 1 million Mu of aquaculture - 1 million Mu of rice - 1 million Mu of economic crops such as tea and landscaping nursery products.

Aim to meet market demand and increase farmers income.

Manifesto. Lost of Agriculture Land “ We  propose  area  of  defined  agriculture  ac=vi=es  and   create  opportuni=es  for  allotments  within  urban  areas.”    

Designing Out Pollution “ We  will  clean  up  and  make  beFer  use  of  the  exis=ng   waterways  and  lake  through  out  the  design  process.”    

Gain Report:  Global  Agriculture  Informa<on  Network.  Resource:  h+p://<ons/Suzhou %20Profile%20Update_Shanghai%20ATO_China%20-­‐%20Peoples%20Republic%20of_5-­‐4-­‐2010.pdf  

Aims. Farmers’ Club •  For Suzhou  to  con<nue  its  agriculture  heritage   •  Relocate  and  provide  jobs  for  farmers  and  food  produc<on  companies.   •  Reduce  carbon  footprint  by  reintegra<ng  the  food  produc<on  modes  into  the   consump<on  sites.   •  Saving  water  resource  by  the  recycling  of  urban  waters  and  water  by  the  plants.   •  Limi<ng  the  systema<c  recourse  to  pes<cides,  insec<cides,  herbicides  and  chemical   fer4lizers.  

Site Analysis. District 12

Site Analysis. Site Boundaries

Site Analysis. Surrounding Buildings


Transport Hub  

Retail Shops  

Office Buildings  

Site Analysis. Sun-Shadow Patterns

Site Analysis. Circulation

Site Analysis. Services

Site Analysis. Sensory

Precedents. A-Go-Go Vertical Farm, Singapore

Precedents. Pasona Headquaters, Tokyo

Precedents. The Living Tower, Paris

Precedents. Guangming Smartcity, Shenzhen

Spaces. Farmer’s Club • Farm that produce sufficient vegetables (bak choi, lettuce, tomato, leeks) for 50,000 consumers • 250 farmers • Accommodate 250 office workers • 100 Residential units for farmers • Quality control lab • Utilities ( plant room, cleaning facilities, model storage, WC) • Meeting rooms (3 for 4 people, 1 for 15 people) • Canteen with kitchen and larder • Delivery point with loading bay

= 100 Residential [12100 sqm] + Office for 250 [1250 sqm] + Farming for 50,000 = Floor Area [113,350 sqm] + 30% [Circulation] = 147,355 sqm = 29 Stories of 5000 sqm floor area = Plot Ratio 4.9

Week 1 - Farmer's Club, Suzhou  
Week 1 - Farmer's Club, Suzhou  

Research on facts about agriculture in China. The impact of rapid development towards the existing agriculture heritage.