Cricket Shelter Prototype of a modular farm for edible insects Terreform One (2016) – Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York

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A Prototype of a Modular Farm for Edible Insects.

Insects are an essential component of our ecosystem and their natural evolution is a fascinating source of material inspiration, as we have seen this week in the work of Marlene huissoud, but also potentially a solution to our global food crisis.

The cricket refuge is a new project in Brooklyn, in New York State, whose entire facade is devoted to the breeding of crickets for human consumption as part of the resolution of the growing problem of food distribution in the world.

Conceived by Terreform ONE with Mitchell Joachim as principal for Investigaor,

Cricket Shelter Is a dual-use shelter and a modular insect farm enclosed in a single structure. According to its designers, it is destined for the looming food crisis, where people will need to access good sources of alternative protein, because cattle rearing is not possible at our current rate of consumption and resource extraction.

UN mandates protein from insects essential to solving global food distribution problems. It has an impact on the diet of all people around the world.

structurally, the shelter can be reduced to a minimum in elements that are easy to manufacture and reproduce, such as a simple CNC plywood arch with standard plastic containers available as fill surface.

The current version of the structure is more personalized to take into account the solar orientation, air flow and various internal space programs.

A computer model was used to parametrically align all the individual containers to match the grooves of the arch. Each pre-ordered container has been modified to include ventilation screens, soft bags for insects, locally operated louvers and permeable power ports with rotating locking mechanisms.

The Wind Quill ventilation component amplifies the sound of cricket singing in columns of vibrant air. The aim of the architectural scheme is to eventually develop methods of sustainable food distribution through a compact architecture as part of a multi-pronged global strategy for international solutions against hunger and sustainable food distribution.

Cricket Burgers in America?

Introducing crickets to the modern American diet / European is not a simple task, but there is a precedent. for example, a few decades ago, Americans didn't want to eat raw fish. However, the positive change materialized after the introduction of sushi to a refined hygienic and cultured level.

These designers argue that the same type of approach must be built into cricket culture to achieve cleanliness, the quality and purity of the farm-to-fork system. Over two billion people eat insects every day; it is time to reintroduce them into the diet of the remaining population, they say.


Project: Cricket Shelter – Modular insect farm.
Lieu: Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York
Date of completion: Avril 2016
Credits: Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim (principal investigator)
Maria Aiolova, Felipe Molina, Matthew Tarpley, Melanie Fessel, Jiachen Xu, Lissette Olivares, Cheto Castellano, Shandor Hassan, Christian Hamrick, Ivan Fuentealba, Sung Moon, Kamila Varela, Yucel Guven, Chloe Byrne, Miguel Lantigua-Name
Sponsor: Works of art for change
Photos: Mitchell Joachim, Terreform One.

Crédits Photos @ Terreform One
Mitchell Joachim (PI), Maria Aiolova, Melanie Fessel , Felipe Molina, Matthew Tarpley , Lachette olivares, Cheto Castellano, Shandor Hassan, Christian Hamrick, Ivan Fuentealba, Ivan Fuentealba, Sung Moon, Kamila Varela Yucel Guven, Chloé Byrne, Miguel Lantigua-Name, Alex Colard. Sponsor: Art Works for Change.

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Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

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