Title page for ETD etd-12122011-123659

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McFadden, Caterina M.
Author's Email Address caterinamcfadden1@gmail.com
URN etd-12122011-123659
Title An Urban Dwelling Place for Farmers
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Feuerstein, Marcia F. Committee Member
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
  • technology
  • vertical farm
  • urban
  • nature
  • Architecture
Date of Defense 2010-12-16
Availability unrestricted
It is my intention to plan for the types of activity carried out by future inhabitants of vertical farms. Through a twenty-six storey high building,a conceptual farm with housing for the producers, situated amongst dense urban fabric of Baltimore Maryland, architecture is explored.

Utilizing form, order and space, architecture has a responsibility to construct the interalia or main theatre of human function. The architect

has a fiduciary responsible to determine the design and purpose of the stage, setting limits on the types of drama that the inhabitants play.

From spacious rural cultivator with evocative farmhouses, to confined urban neo-farmer, the stage for dwelling is extremely critical to

determine. These displaced farmers do not perform all typical city functions, but they are confined as city dwellers. For them, it remains

critical to be connected with nature and neighbor. Urban farmers need housing that enhances their quality of life. Rather than imposing

regulated apartment space for one inhabitant, the city comes forth to them in a different light, with many open neighborhood spaces for

interaction and farm activity within a merging dual structure. The dialog the two concepts (city dwelling and farming) play as they join, dwell

on a relationship of graphic tools such as rotation, scale, thickness and transparency. Further opportunity exists to investigate the act of labor(natural) and work (physical) of the urban neo-farmer, in a tall building in an effort to provide insight to their human condition. One

activity that is part of being an urban neo-farmer may be the practice of cleaning off boots and placing them in lockers before returning home

after a long work day.

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