Foodprint Manhattan

How Much Food Do I Consume?

How much food do I consume? How much land is needed to grow it? Could we grow our food in the city? Could we feed all Manhattanites by growing food on Manhattan island? Ideally the mouth of the consumer should be as close to the growing ingredients as possible, but can we achieve that?

Foodprint Manhattan is a study on food consumption patterns and production capacities. It visualizes how much and what we consume and what are the spatial consequences.

The amount of arable land is shrinking globally. Water scarcity is a problem in various regions of the world. But what if plants don’t need soil anymore and use less water? Foodprint Manhattan shows how more advanced food production methods compare to current production and how they could help. Study puts current discussion about urban farming into context, by visualising how much space is actually needed to produce our daily food.

Foodprint Manhattan animation is commissioned by Droog Design and was presented at NY400 Week / Holland on the Hudson Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture on New York’s Governors Island. Exhibition took place in and around eleven officers’ houses at Nolan Park, Governors Island, New York.

Pioneers of Change featured leading designers and institutes from fashion, design and architecture, such as: 2012 Architecten, Atelier NL, Maarten Baas, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, Experimental Jetset, Christien Meindertsma, MVRDV and The Why Factory with Work Architecture Company, Parsons The New School for Design, Platform21, Michael Schoner (NL Architects), Richard Hutten, Atelier van Lieshout, and Chris Kabel.

The Why Factory, MVRDV and Work Architecture Company, presented several movies related to food. Two of these by t?f: Foodprint Manhattan, a study on food consumption and production on Manhattan island, specifically made for the exhibition and Foodprint The Hague, commissioned by Stroom earlier this year.