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ANDREW DEVINE

Andrew Devine
Frankston Seed to Table Food Exchange
2012

Frankston is the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula, which prides itself on a thriving food and wine culture. Can Frankston benefit from participating in the broader food conversation by becoming a food destination in itself?

This project proposes what Carolyn Steel coined as a 'sitopia' or 'food-place' within the urban context of Frankston. It aims to offer a place of social and cultural exchange through the medium of food, and to reconnect people with what they eat.

The Seed to Table Food Exchange combines market, cooking, dining, primary production and education, with an emphasis on aquaponics and permacultural practices. It comprises an ephemeral market and a fixed market place, which hug a central shared public space, that mediates between the markets needs and a productive landscape.

Food crosses all sectors of society and is a language that we all speak. What better way to build community than through food.

Seed to Table Food Exchange

Frankston is the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula, a region that prides itself on a thriving food and wine culture. Can Frankston benefit from participating in the broader food conversation by becoming a food destination in itself?

This project proposes what Carolyn Steel coined as a 'sitopia' or 'food-place' within the urban context of Frankston. It aims to offer a place of social and cultural exchange through the medium of food, and to reconnect people with what they eat.

The Seed to Table Food Exchange combines marketplace, cooking, dining, primary production and education, with an emphasis on aquaponics and permacultural practices. It comprises an ephemeral market and a fixed marketplace, which hug a central shared public space: allowing mediation between the markets' needs and a productive landscape.

Food crosses all sectors of society and is a language that we all speak. What better way to build community than through food.

andydevine8@gmail.com

Andrew Devine
Urban Context
2012

The marketplace has been strategically located at the Frankston train and bus transit point that connects Melbourne with the Mornington Peninsula. The market benefits from the flows of people transitioning through the space. The train which has historically facilitated the dislocation of food production from its consumption, has now become the device that reconnects people with what they eat and where it comes from.

Andrew Devine
Fixed Market
2012

The fixed marketplace overlooks the central square. During a downpour of rain one can eat and converse whilst watching the spectacle of water as it is carried down from the roof and deposited in the underground reservoir below the central square, to be later used in the adjacent primary food production.

Andrew Devine
Ephemeral Market
2012

The tensile creeper structure unifies the Ephemeral Market providing dappled light below. The structure meets the ground in such a way to allow seating opportunities below at the periphery of the centre square. The area can function across many modes throughout the day and night allowing it to continue being used as a car park, as a farmers market, fruit and veg market and night market. Inbuilt infrastructure allows vans to plug into the water for cleaning purposes as well as recharge at electricity outlets. Up-lighting onto the canopy creates an openness and sense of safety during the night, and has the possibility to be used for larger events by removing the hoods below.

Andrew Devine
A marketplace with a difference
2012

Upon arrival at the Frankston Seed to Table Food Exchange you are given an insight into the components that make up this unique place. Commuters can drop straight into the heart of the market place descending into the central square. They pass primary students learning about urban agricultural practices, picking fresh produce and buying ingredients in the market to use in the cooking classroom. Chisholm TAFE students operate in the productive fields of the permaculture food forest and aquaponic rooftops, learning about urban agriculture practices and closed loop production systems. By using Frankston as a testing ground for urban agricultural practise students are equipped with skills that can be applied in other urban contexts. A projection screen offers an insight into the Mornington Peninsula food and wine locations as well as its sustainable agricultural practices and food foraging offering an added dimension to the market.

Andrew Devine
Sections and details
2012

These sections express the workings of the two market places. The water-scoop detail shows how these devices carry water down to the underground reservoir as well as operating as a seat during pleasant weather. It also shows how event flood lights are supported between the two seating elements. The seating detail of the ephemeral market shows how the canopy covers the seat providing shade for those at the edge of the central square. It gives a glimpse into the water purifying swales that filter water through different plant groups and aggregates before moving onto the next swale via an underground connections, before being deposited in the underground reservoir. The train platform cover shares a similar typology to that of the hoods in the ephemeral market. Here they collect water and direct it to the jacaranda trees on the platform.

Andrew Devine
Key market concepts and closed-loop food systems
2012

This diagram shows the water circulation cycles that support the needs of the primary production and marketplace. Soft landscaping measures have been employed over the site to allow water to seep through the soil assisting in reducing Frankston's flood issues.

Andrew Devine
Frankston Seed to Table Food Exchange Physical Model
2012

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