In a London where one in four meals are takeaways and more than 23 million portions of Chicken Tikka Masala are consumed annually, Fast Food Farm proposes a new sustainable food and transport infrastructure that integrates the mothballed Mail Rail Line with a series of site specific food production units, creating inhabited, industrialised monuments to agriculture, which produce and distribute ready-made meals tailored to the city’s needs.
Exploring the relationship between the consumer and commuter, the Fast Food Farm develops the possibility of reciprocity between sustainable food provision and instant gratification. Utilising latent heat and energy from the city’s underground transport network, the Fast Food Farm grows crops within an entirely responsive cyclical system, providing nutrition for the city’s inhabitants while responding exactly to their requirements.
Manifesting the contradictions between iconic urban architecture, commuter transportation and necessary nourishment, the Fast Food Farm embodies the universal themes of pleasure, profit and social responsibility, creating a series of spatial elements which provoke debate about contemporary urban planning and the future of food. Inherently optimistic, this project balances real world concerns with dystopic fantasy.