suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
julian BUSCH: The basic idea of this project derives from the film Babette’s feast, which deals with the subject of food and how food brings the world to one place through different kinds of ingredients and ways of preparation.
This narrative lead to the proposal of an international food market in Luxor, Egypt, a place which plays an important role as a junction for transport in Egypt, one where tourism and agriculture form the largest parts of the economy.
The Luxor food market provides a space where different kinds of food from all over the world are brought together in one place, yet still are kept within an environment similar to the one at their place of origin. The basic design of the market encompasses five zones of different micro-climates, each of them mirroring one of the Earth’s five main inhabited climate zones. These areas serve as a space for storage and trade of food as well as a place for communication about the food, e.g. through the exchange of recipes.
The market is planned around Luxor’s main train station, where five openly accessible storage towers are placed along the train platforms.
Each of the towers represents one of the five climate zones. Taking into account the scarceness of resources such as energy, the towers generate the respective micro climates through the use of energy efficient passive cooling systems. Their particular design triggers thermodynamic processes, which with humidifying devices facilitate Passive Downdraft Evaporation Cooling; a technology commonly used in hot, dry climates. Based on this layout, the food can be kept in an environment which is most suitable.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
jB: Bernd and Hilla Becher, Cj Lim and my Study at the Bartlett in London
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jB: The Crystal World by J.G. Ballard
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
jB: Cort Ross Dinesen of the Royal collage in Copenhagen has done a great book with his students: cartography morphology topology
Michael Webb from Archigram
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