Yizhou Lu

Farmer’s Market

Art District, LA
Local farmers bring fresh seasonal food with their pride and the story behind it to the market where they can essentially display and organize their products with zero-emmision. The customers are welcomed to learn and experience what they heard from farmers about growing and cooking tips. The farmer market would also let vistiors and farmers be more aware of the soil health and issues through their foods workshop / zero waste / soil health experience, and spread it to the whole local community.

Group Kitchen
Soil Lab



Market Space

The purpose of the retail area's design is to convert the conventional
market stall into a well-organized and effective modular selling farm
products. I chose to group four containers together for maximum product
display, comfort for farmers, and ease of loading. The container facing the
street can be moved toward the facade using the rail system, making it
simpler for farmers to load goods.


Modular Containers

The needs of the farmer inspired the design. Each module may stand in
for a distinct region of local food production. Two retail modules with
organizational shelving, one educational module, and a portable storage
module make up the four containers that make up the modular.

Gathering Space

The wall poster includes details on the location of food production,
the components of food, and the crop-care practices of farmers.
With those specifics, food origin would be promoted, demand would
rise, tourists would learn about the foods' histories, and farmers would
be more proud of their produce. Visitors can use the overhang catwalk
to access the seating area or the kitchen after gathering the ingredients.

Group Kitchen

Visitors can interact with the ingredients they purchased right away
in the group kitchen. Farmers are encouraged to take part in community
events and demonstrate food preparation and cooking techniques in this
open area. There is a gray water system under the floor because this area
uses a lot of water. People can observe how the metal grid floor distributes
water to the plants.

Dining Space

The dining area is made up of six mini adobe homes and a
semi-underground soil exposition. The adobe house makes
an effort to show the range of soil applications. They are
among the earliest sustainable building materials and
are strong, flexible, and sound insulating. Visitors could savor
their meals intheir privacy space while learning about what
happens below the surface.

Soil Lab

The last experience is the soil lab. The adobe house under it
acts as a structure support, and reminds people here it is related
to the soil. The farmers are welcome to bring the soil in their farm
and test it, to find out the nutritions levels, and the soil conditions.
If the soil has been polluted, the lab will provide technical support
to clean it.

Visitors would become more conscious of food and environmental issues after visiting Terra.
Farmers would gain knowledge on how to grow appropriate crops and receive a clear solution to the current drought issue.

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