The subject of this thesis is the creation of a modern production and educational facility centred around specialised growth techniques. These techniques in turn focus on improvements in productivity and knowledge levels regarding Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs).
The architectural structure of the building consists of a dynamically adjustable interior system, which can be changed to fit any needs or changes required in order to accommodate complex modern agricultural methods. The building structure is separated into three basic sectors: The training sector, the production sector and the product promotion sector. We recommend that this building be placed between two different areas, one urban and the other agricultural, thus bridging the gap between two such zones. These, even though they may be in close physical proximity to each other in terms of geography, are not truly connected.
With this as our target, we create both an educational facility and a hyperlocal city centre that plays an important role in interconnecting various parts of the neighbourhood. Such connection creates a tangible connection between the social and business sides of the project. The social side of our proposal is not limited merely to connecting different areas and the rejuvenation of distant parts of the city, but also aims to introduce agricultural method to all age groups. This is not merely to improve the agricultural output of the area, but also to familiarise children with already existing farming methods. We recognise the need on the part of both city and future cultivators to become familiar with this new and promising agricultural method, that is, the cultivation of MAPs.
The reason for which this topic was chosen was the important connection that this particular area has had since ancient times with herbal agriculture. This is a relationship between mass production and specialized production, which thus creates a flexible framework for itself.