Zero Food Miles Supercircuit

Project Tittle : Zero Food Miles Supercircuit (2011)
Site : Westhafen, Berlin
Program : Vertical Market, Food Research Center, Food Rescue Organization, Allotment gardens
Design Team : Qhawarizmi Norhisham, Yasmin Rahman, Fauzi Malik, Mior Harith
Supervision : Dietmar Leyk from Berlage Institute
Advising Panel : Prof. Kazu Blumfeld Hanada (Münster School of Architecture), Luis Berríos-Negrón (Technische Universität Braunschweig) ,Thilo Folkerts (100land Landschaftsarchitektur Berlin), Aine Ryan (ANCB)
Status : Published in The Potentialities of Places ISBN 978-967-13453-0-6

The manifestation of this project starts with the idea of reclaiming undefined spaces around the Berlin S-Bahn network. The potentials for intervention of  urban spaces along the ring are enormous as they are well connected to the rest of the city. Demand for sustainable food is on a rapid rise in Germany, and organic food producers are unable to keep up with the increasing demand.

In Berlin, food travels an approximate half of the city’s length before it reaches the consumers, contributing greatly to thousands of food miles.  This fact sparks a number of design notions of the possibility to plant food within the confinements of the city to supply the need of the urban populace and beyond.

Berlin urban agriculture green public ring park cycle bicycle

The chosen site for this proposal is between two stations, Westhafen and Beusselstrasse, strategically located along the river and Tegal airport further enables it to be an important transit and epicentre for future expansion that link the whole of the S-Bahn ring.

The preference towards this type of food production is new and could be accepted as more Berliners opt for organic and local produced food. The mechanism of plot ownership leads back to the traditional allotment gardens owned by the city dwellers.

Demand for sustainable food is on a rapid rise in Germany, making it the country with the highest consumer of organic food in Europe. The identified site for this research design intervention has an abundant amount of vacant space, giving it a huge potential to inject a new programme in the production of food without contributing to Food Miles.

As a result, not only does this urban intervention help to enhance a sustainable living, but also provides a massive green recreational belt around the city making it the largest public park in the world. The move to introduce organic farming in the city might save the existing urban structure by ensuring a constant and reliable source of food through the green supercircuit around the city. It is also a good improvement to the city of Berlin to reinterpret open, unused or vacant space to be dedicated to the process of producing food.

The tracks of the rail and its station spatial content has also been maximised by the juxtaposition of new program layers. The move justifies the reclaiming effort of the rail as a public realm. The new green belt will cater the need for open spaces and distribute knowledge about a sustainable lifestyle.

Our Manifesto Series 02 focuses on issues pertaining to the current global food production. In this series, Farming, we question the possibilities of architecture as a mechanism to manifest a greener food source. For more info about the publication, please visit MANIFESTO 02 – FARMING


Ravage of the Planet 2011 International Conference

Wessex Institute of Technology, United Kingdom
Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam
13-15 December 2011

Potentialities of Places
International Urban Design Workshop
ISBN 978-967-13453-0-6
UiTM Press Document Services
Published in 2015

Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards III

Wessex Institute of Technology, United Kingdom
Zero food miles super-circuit, page 161-172
ISBN 978-1-84564-532-8
C.A. Brebbia & S.S. Zubir, WIT Press
Published in 2011

ENVELOPE: Architectural Review 2012
Open Exhibition + DesignLab & Makmal Series
Gallery FSPU, UiTM Shah Alam
1 February 2012

Putrajaya Holdings Exhibition
Experiential Learning For Sustainable Development
Public Viewing Exhibition & Survey
15 – 16 November 2011

Presentation at ANCB
Aedes Network Campus Berlin, Germany
July 2011

LWA-Leyk Wollenberg Architects Website

UDRL Exhibition 2011 : Potentialities of Places III
Faculty of Architecture Planning and Surveying, UiTM Shah Alam
19 September 2011