Mobile Food Collective (MFC)
Partner: Gary Comer Youth Center
Graham Foundation for Advanced
Studies in the Fine Arts
Perkins + Will
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
The Mobile Food Collective was showcased
the U.S. Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the 2010 Venice Biennale. Archeworks was among a prestigious collective of seven architecural 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 foods, and to create a more participatory food culture. The ReBuilding Exchange donated recycled building materials to build the Mobile Food Collective (MFC), a full-scale prototype developed in collaboration with youth at the Gary Comer Youth Center. Students worked on steel fabrication of the prototype with Crosstree Metals.
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. A new phase of implementation has begun to build 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.
Beginning in Fall 2011, the Mobile Food Collective (MFC) has played an integral part of year-round urban agriculture education programs offered by Growing Power – a nationally recognized pioneer in grassroots urban food systems. The MFC is based at Iron Street Urban Farm in Bridgeport, and provides 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, uses the MFC fleet in their role as healthy food ambassadors.
Click here to learn more about the MFC fleet and Growing Power's Youth Corps
For additional project
information please visit the Mobile Food Collective blog.