Buildings take up space - and therefore occupy land that has once been used as farmland - or simply intact man-free ecosystems. Now more than ever architecture has to explore the potential of reducing it's a naturally negative impact on its environment.
This project investigates the potential of a building's roof to be used as an agricultural element. We need a typology of tiered steps which makes itself invisible. 'The Rice Campus' holds a number of programs above and below a sculpted manipulated surface tissue.
Inside spaces are naturally vented and light through the light slits that the tiered fields generate. Efficient grid shell structures generate artificial 'hills' that vegetation can grow on. Thus, This artificially created topography would work as a fully intact irrigated system of fields to grow all kinds of fruits and vegetables.
Man needs to reduce carbon emission by farming goods locally, providing jobs, and most importantly reestablish the understanding of where the food we have on our plates actually comes from, and furthermore, how it is being produced.