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Document Type

Open Access

Degree Program

Architecture

Degree Type

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Year Degree Awarded

2013

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

Food and Architecture, Food Hub, Food System

Abstract

This thesis seeks to explore the impact that architecture can have on peoples' relationship with food. The industrialization of American society over the past two centuries has distance people from the source of their food; this distance has significantly contributed to an overall decreased in American health. The concept of this thesis is that architecture can have a positive impact on peoples' relationship with food and thereby help improve the health of a community.

I chose a site on the outskirts of Glens Falls, New York to locate my project, the Glens Falls Good Foods Collective. This site is ideal for bringing people and food together as a few miles to the West lays the city center, while abundant farmlands fan out toward the East. The Collective combines small-scale food processing facilities for farmers with a market place for consumers. Providing an environment in which these ever-distancing demographics can interact would help reduce the gap between people and food. The goal of this thesis is to design a building that fosters a meaningful and productive connection to food by bringing people closer to its source.

First Advisor

Kathleen R. Lugosch

Second Advisor

Ray K. Mann

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