InnerCity 里市

Our team

We are a cosmopolitan team of students with different backgrounds: architecture, urban planning, architectural technologies, environmental management, environmental protection, biotechnology and food engineering, landscape architecture, business administration, facility agriculture, and architectural design. We are 15 in total and divided over 2 continents and 6 countries.

Our strengths

We have a deeper insight of Chinese culture, which roots the project deep into local society.

A group of people from different countries, different majors are inspiring each other and generate amazing energy.

What's more, we're all fascinating with the ecosystem and all these connection between human and land, now and future. This is the power source of us.

Our drive

To explore, to apply, to contribute.

What we want to achieve

We want to gain experience in working in an interdisciplinary project that has a practical appliance. Furthermore, we are eager to learn about urban food production and circular economy. We want to provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

What are the main starting points of our concept?

Old China inspires our new ideas. Our team’s Chinese name is 里市 (Li is inner, and Shi is City). Li is the most ancient resident and agriculture production unit from Zou D. (BC. 770~221), Shi is the business zone in Chang’an, the capital of the Tang Empire. Inspired by the formation of settlement specific zone and small-peasant economy, our greenhouse combines traditional and contemporary aspects to redefine a complete central food area in the city while satisfying the demand of sub-function like sociality and so on.
Reduced area of housing in megacities, reliance on commercial food provider, widely used apps like WeChat and Alipay, public dancing and other new interaction of citizens…This vast and dynamic image of Chinese society places us challenges to engage them in Innercity, to balance their weight and distribute through time and space.
In the design, we offer spaces in the ground floor, such as an inner court for neighbour community, market and kitchen for the food processing, plantation cell for vegetables production, small scale food factories(SF2) for pre-manage of raw materials.
It has come to our attention that Innercity’s function will be closely related to the development of surrounding settlement. For example, at the initial stage it may be more popular for distant urban residents as a tourist spot, as the development of the community, it needs to expand its capacity and also collaborate with the other food facilities(FF).
An important goal is to achieve social, economical and ecological sustainability.
We take it all, take all of these into consideration and use construction techniques that allows a growth of the building, think about the flux between different FF(source, joint) and citizens(terminals). Evolution is implanted for such a facility. From an inner scale, for example, the clean production line is shared to produce raw materials for daily meals between different demand, tidal kitchen balance between different cooking methods. From an outer scale, food brain analyses the demand and coordinate between different inner cities and farmlands from other provinces and cities, transportation is arranged, share the food between different parts of the countries, distribute food to every citizen. United and resistance is increased and waste is lowered.
High technologies we learn from different fields empowered us to achieve sustainable goal, such as Big Data, AI, and automatisation. “Innercall” will connect citizens online to the production of food. Food Info Mining will enlarge our understanding about food behaviours and give optical solution. Autogreen will empower the production of food and lower the waste. Algae-C collects and transport CO2 and largen the surface of energy collection. BSLD (black soldiers flies digestion) accelerated the circularity and lower the burden of waste management.
The building itself is also set to be as sustainable as it can get, with a wooden modular structure, that is adaptable and recyclable. The pieces of the structure are planned to offer an easy building/dismantling process at favourable prices. The facade includes translucent solar panels and places for plants to grow. The entire complex is inspired by the traditional Lingnan architecture wisdom like the idea of Feng Shui and techniques like cold arrays and open living room(敞厅), which includes a well thought compartimentation of the spaces and functions.

What are the main functions of our building?

The functions are spread inside the building using a clear structure of the levels and needs. The main idea of the concept is to create an important landmark for the region, that will be recognised for being a great workplace, a place for authentic experiences and research hub.
Clearly, the ground floor includes most of the social activities oriented spaces, such as: the open inner court for dancing or other social gatherings, workshops, activities for children, public kitchen, event room, take away food and market.
These functions are followed by the main subject: food production, mixed with research labs. The food production levels include a large variety of goods: vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruits, mushrooms, honey bees, and seedbanks. Vertical farming is the main approach, followed by aquaponics. The labs are to be used by researchers in the food production field, for example in the production of cultured meat, mushroom based bioplastic, Micro-algae carbon network.
Accomodation inside the greenhouse is also offered to the tourists who want a complete experience. There are two levels of hotel rooms ready to welcome the curious visitors.
Last but not least, a restaurant lays on the last two floors. The food prepared here uses the crops grown in the inferior levels, adding a more authentic taste to it. It also offers a panorama over the entire site.

What are the unique selling points of our concept?

The main focus for this concept is to create a new generation of greenhouses, that uses the newest technologies in order to offer a high-end experience for each person that comes inside. The Big Data and Artificial Intelligence used will help optimizing the user experience.
There will be a great selection of workshops for educating kids as well as adults about sustainable living and healthy lifestyles.
The building is Plus Energy, meaning that it produces more energy than initially needed. The surplus can be used as another source of revenue.
The greenhouse represents a modern link between urban life and the agricultural production.
The visitors get the chance to consume the food produced in the greenhouse on site, either in the restaurant, by take away food, or by preparing the goods themselves in the public kitchen.
The entire building represents an important landmark which brings new functions to the traditional greenhouse.
The structure of the building consists of wooden 5x5x5m modules, which allows a high level of flexibility at favourable prices.
Based on the fact that the building will see a big variety of visitors, form workers, to scientists, students, tourists from overseas, the message the concept sends is that we should all follow the same goal: social, economical and ecological sustainability.
The greenhouse will bring people from different areas, generations or social layers to the same place, giving them the opportunity to interact and learn from each other. It will work on the concept of going back to the roots and remembering that we are all small parts of an ecosystem.
Lastly, as mentioned before, remembering where one came from is important. This is why the entire concept of the building is somewhat inspired by the traditional chinese house.

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Team info

Weronika Kisielinska
Iulia Vizman
Melinda Gyori
Foster WR
Yunfan Zou
Jinglin Zhao
Adeniyi Odunayo David Adeniyi
Ziqi Lu
Yingtong Liu
Andreea Crudici
Mathäus Steurer
Ligia Tantu
Roxana Tatarciuc
Sebastian-Andreas Dan