Rejuvenating the in-between site into a catalytic Urban Food Park

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With soaring economy and development, the world's cities are becoming even more exquisite and better with all the infrastructures and technological advancement. However, within these great megacities and metropolis, there are numerous under-utilized, so-called in-between spaces. These dead, underused spaces within the very city fabric where the scarcity of land availability is loudly known, eventually suggest a need for a strategy.  The paper explores the prospect of design strategies positioned for urban catalyst theory, geared toward a holistic development approach. Drawing on the intricate relationship between food and architecture and the delink between urban and the food it consumes, the paper examines urban food park as a potential means to vitalize and rejuvenate the city's under-used spaces. The investigation outlines three catalytic design strategies: design of the entry and the exit point of the project, correlative relationship amidst and the final concrete form of the project. The scholarship examines two urban design cases, West Louisville Food Port in the United States and Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District in Shanghai, China, and two smaller-scale projects, the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona and the Markthal market in Rotterdam, to study their catalytic effect. The paper conclusively presents a design for a food park in the underused site in proximity to two important transport hubs in Shanghai, Hongqiao railway station and Hongqiao international airport. Ultimately, the paper establishes a three-dimensional catalytic urban food park as a powerful urban rejuvenation method that reactivates the site and promotes socio-economic development. 
PeriodJul 2021