Mobile Food Collective (MFC)
2009-2010 PARTNER: GARY COMER YOUTH CENTER
The Mobile Food Collective was showcased in the U.S. Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the 2010 Venice Biennale. ARCHEWORKS was among a prestigious collective of seven architectural groups from across the country participating in this exhibition, Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice.
ARCHEWORKS developed a family of flexible mobile structures in response to growing public interest and awareness of the social, economic, and health benefits associated with local food production. The mobile structures worked to inspire people to play a more active role in the origin, growth and preparation of fresh food, and to create a more participatory food culture.
The mission of the MFC was to develop and strengthen a system of cultural infrastructure that incorporates the themes of heritage, ownership, exchange, and connection into a new food culture and establish networks of partnerships with nonprofits, community gardens, urban farms, grocery stores, and restaurants in neighborhoods across the city. The maiden voyage of the MFC was its Moveable Feast in Logan Square. The MFC traveled to nearby neighborhoods via a fleet of bike-operated modular units to engage residents in interactive educational programs related to sustainable local food production and preparation.
Since Fall 2011, the Mobile Food Collective (MFC) is part of year-round urban agriculture education programs offered by Growing Power – a nationally recognized pioneer in grassroots urban food systems. The MFC lives at Iron Street Urban Farm in Bridgeport to provide a dynamic platform for public engagement as Growing Power expands its educational outreach in many ‘food desert’ neighborhoods, including several public housing communities. Growing Power’s Youth Corps, an entrepreneurial youth development program, has used the MFC fleet in their role as healthy food ambassadors.
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Perkins + Will
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Growing Power Chicago