Urban Farm: a Displaced Program
The condition of displacement as Hilde Heynen describes, is a situation where a new or alien element is introduced into a more or less stable context. Displacement can refer to either physical or metaphorical forms of transfer. What is common in all these situations is that the intrusion of strange factor provokes a disruption, a profound questioning and eventually a reorganization of what before seemed to be self evident.
A continuation of our research on “displacement” as an instigator of events the project introduces a dairy farm/park to an abandoned site in Winnipeg to instigate a renegotiation of its current dynamics, therefore, a resurrection of events within the setting. Going further It introduces human dwellings to the urban dairy farm to address some of the ethical and practical issues surrounding dairy production in the world.
At a more personal level, we are intrigued by how my relocation (displacement) to a different country (setting) has become an enabler of thoughts and actions I had never identified or attempted in the too familiar context of my home country. Displacement, I figured, is a distinct condition where unfamiliarity can become empowering, and a freeing force.
Heynen finds architecture “greatly capable of providing a medium for dealing effectively with a condition of displacement. Architecture can manifest, enforce or stage displacement”5.
Recognizing this capacity this proposal proposes a displacement of a dairy farm/park, as the “alien” program or a metaphorical displacement, to a vacant land In Pembina Highway, Winnipeg. The choice of a dairy farm was informed by two earlier discoveries I made while working on physically relocating a grain factory in Winnipeg: The significance of human-cow interactions in animal’s welfare and milk quality.
A discrepancy between grain and dairy production levels in prairie provinces in Canada which results in redundant transportation costs and additional contribution to the environmental pollutants as well as depriving the countries least earning workforce from jobs they are most qualified for.14
Fall of 2016