While catching up on last month's Metropolis, I was fascinated by an article — Fair or Fowl? — discussing the winning design in a competition held by the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Peleg/Burshtein Architects took the top prize with a proposal that consolidates poultry farming into a futuristic, 200-foot prefab farm outfitted with chicken feed silos, small wind turbines, photovoltaics, and greenery to mitigate the industrial steel exterior.
The design creates a closed loop that generates its own energy and processes its own waste. But local farmers, according to Metropolis, have been less than warm to the new idea.
So for the time being, a version is being planned for the UK and the Ministry will use this winning design to inform future efforts. Who knows what will happen, but it's fascinating …
Rendering credits: Peleg/Burshtein Architects.