As a preparation for the 2015 EXPO in Milano, a competition was set up in 2012 for a small pavillion, a physical presence of the future event in the inner city.
We were interested in the close relationship between city and food. Once an unbreakable marriage, this relationship his lost, due to industrialisation and globalisation of the food market.
At the same time, this allowed for cities to reach the size they currently hold. A city solely dependant on its own surrounding lands for food is unthinkable, due to the current foodprint of its citizens.
We teamed up with Milano based studio B22 and came up with a design for a traveling pig shed, traveling towards the expo during the preparation period.
The shed, made out of wooden crates, was to be assembled, disassembled, moved and reassembled on a regular basis, creating a moving pavillion.
The pigs, its only permanent residents, would work on the land underneath the shed, turning the urban soil into useable farm land.
While traveling, the pavillion would not only be an attraction on itself, educating its visitors about the relation between city and food, but would also leave a permanent trace of urban farm land, to be used by the citizens of the surrounding neighbourhoods in the west of Milano, a postwar housing area.
The actual design was the crate. A multifunctional box, that could be a large Lego-type building block as well as a box useable for farming.