April 16, 2012


Parsons The New School for Design



Scenarios for indoor micro cultivation

Envisioning ways to grow food in urban landscape or for indoors led me to search for any ways that you can integrate eco-systems into everyday spaces – what if your furniture would adapt for a different function – that is to hold plants or fish or connect them. These adaptive systems could then fit in the space and in the environment exactly the same way but with altered functions.

Urban aquaponics

Aquaponics is the method of growing crops and fish together in a recirculating system. It is the most sustainable food source in the world; no traditional farming equipment is needed, a minimal space is required, while fish and fresh vegetables are growing in a continuous, sustainable system. And the output is 100% organic.

The project is a proof of concept, on designing urban systems for ecologically supportable, conscious, contemporary lifestyle with emphasis on the implementation of reused objects, a model where household furniture adopts to the functionality of food production, transforming into a productive aquaponic system.

the prototype

To prototype the process that leads to indoor cultivation, a simplificated model was essential, that is systematically drawn down to what is needed – a system that holds together the elements, schematic, simplificated view – to understand how can we redress it.

The prototype was set up at theKellen Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design, in the context of the MFA DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY Thesis exhibition – where Chris is presenting his project: Hydron – Networked Aquatic Ecosystems – DIY Networks.

Illustrations and design by

Judit Boros

Manufacture by

Chris Piuggi and Judit Boros