BIA Specultive Axonometric by Artur Félix da Cruz
a) Food in Irish
b) In Greek mythology, Bia was the personification of force, daughter of Pallas and Styx, and sister of Nike, Kratos, and Zelus.
c) Acronym for Building-integrated agriculture
A strategy for a functional transition is proposed. The change of contemporary paradigm forces to look and cities in a different way. Parks as recreational spaces can still maintain their function and take cultivation as one more activity, like it happened in after war context in a not so distant past. Time has come to question deeply the way we feed ourselves.
The aim is to keep the landscape qualities of openness and collective space. Cultivation can occur in a sustainable slow strategic approach, balancing zones and giving natural processes priority. Applying permaculture principals is fundamental to avoid the possibility of transforming the park in an intensive agriculture farm, allowing different levels of tolerance.
The first move will be to re-habilitate the degraded Magazine Fort, transforming it in a base for learning and testing cultivating strategies to be later replicated in the park and elsewhere. The choice of the Fort was dictated by its state of decay and its symbolism of defence and resistance. The strong character of the building should reenforce the feeling of belonging and help to link and articulate all the possible socio-political interests.
BIA is the chosen name for the organization that will manage the Magazine Fort.
The formalization of the organization will start by consulting and inviting participants from the nearby communities as well as representatives of the ministries involved in the food cycle and existing food related organizations. It is desirable that BIA accommodates all sides of the food problematics.”