Public Farm 1 is a build manifesto for a revolution in how people use cities and the way we spent our free time. This temporary installation was a platform for an annual summer party initiated by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in collaboration with the PS1 contemporary art centre.
'Unbeknownst to MoMA, the 'tool shed' we were building was actually a chicken coop! On the day of the opening we brought six mature chickens and a dozen peeping chicks. The chickens had the run of the grounds during the week and produced eggs all summer long.'
Since the project is used only for one season cardboard tubes were chosen as the primary building material. Recyclable and biodegradable paper tubes serve as planters, preassembled in a "daisy" pattern of six tubes arranged in a hexagon around a seventh central tube. The central tube alternates either as a "picking hole" to access the crops or a structural column, extending to the ground. Each column is programmed to create a variety of experiences and interactions beneath the farm. These include a solar-powered juicer for fresh veggie cocktails, a periscope to provide close-up views of the fields, a towel column and a water-spouting column next to the pool, two columns joined together with a bench and enclosed by a curtain to provide privacy, a night-time column of twinkling stars and cricket sounds and a solar-powered phone-charging column. In the smaller courtyard a series of experiential columns use video and sound to bring animal life to P.F.1. P.F.1 is completely off-grid. The solar power system consists of an array of eighteen photovoltaic modules to power all of P.F.1's power loads - videos screens, speakers, lights, cell phone chargers and all of the irrigation pumps. A drip irrigation system was designed to deliver a controlled amount of water to each planter-tube, fed by a cistern which collected more than 6,000 gallons of rainwater over the course of the summer.
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