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Public Farm 1, New York

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Public Farm 1 (PF1) was the winning entry for the 2008 MoMA/PS1 Young Architect Program. Built in the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center’s courtyards, the temporary installation introduced a 1000m2 fully functioning urban farm in the form of a folded plane made of structural cardboard tubes. PF1 combines infrastructure with public space, engaging the visitor to re-imagine the city’s infinite possibilities.

Built entirely of biodegradable and recyclable materials, PF1 was powered by solar energy and irrigated by a rooftop rainwater collection system that kept the project off the city’s grid. Throughout the summer, the farm produced over 50 varieties of organic fruit, vegetables and herbs that were used by the museum’s café, at special events, and harvested by visitors.


PF1 was a testament to the possibilities of rural engagement in urban environments and proposed that cities be reinvented to become more complete and integrated systems capable of producing their own food, producing their own power and re-using their own water while creating new shared spaces for social interaction and public pleasure.

See all the details of concept and construction here at the Public Farm website.