2018 Landscape Architecture Australia Student Prize: RMIT University

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Farm palace: Tasting Territory proposes a resilient ecological farming system that explores Australian Aboriginal food culture to promote native food diversity.

Farm palace: Tasting Territory proposes a resilient ecological farming system that explores Australian Aboriginal food culture to promote native food diversity. Image: Xingyuan Chen

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Seasonal produce from the farm palace can be accessed by consumers from vending machines and food stations.

Seasonal produce from the farm palace can be accessed by consumers from vending machines and food stations. Image: Xingyuan Chen

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Food stations: Tasting Territory instigates a range of food station networks to promote the accessibility of healthy food options within the urban context.

Food stations: Tasting Territory instigates a range of food station networks to promote the accessibility of healthy food options within the urban context. Image: Xingyuan Chen

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Farm palace incorporates a range of agri-tourism and educational programs, alongside its agricultural programs; a map plotting the potential location of food stations in and around Melbourne’s Hoddle Grid.

Farm palace incorporates a range of agri-tourism and educational programs, alongside its agricultural programs; a map plotting the potential location of food stations in and around Melbourne’s Hoddle Grid. Image: Xingyuan Chen

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Tasting Territory by Xingyuan Chen
Landscape Architecture Australia Student Prize
Master of Landscape Architecture, RMIT University

Project statement

Tasting Territory is a flexible food system. It reimagines food production, distribution and consumption to address issues affecting society, the environment and human health caused by the phenomena of food homogenization, mass industrial food production and unhealthy urban food patterns. Rather than viewing food purely as sustenance, Tasting Territory proposes a collection of core drivers for the city that facilitate the local economy, promote cultural identity, protect the environment and secure the population’s long-term health.

Tasting Territory progresses through three stages – farm palace, food incubators and food stations – each designed to alter consumers’ perception of food. Promotion is an overarching strategy that runs through the entire system. Tasting Territory combines concepts of food and leisure, and space and activities to shape food culture. The project aims to gradually improve food security and accessibility, boost the local economy, regenerate farmland, provide a diverse native food supply, encourage healthy eating, reintroduce local food culture, spread knowledge, and shape behavior and lifestyle in a way that brings food and leisure together as a pleasurable experience.


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