Soft Infrastructure

26 Jul
During the initial research phase of the MFC project, we encountered a full spectrum of mobile architectures, from the ubiquitous refurbished shipping-container project, an autonomous Waterpod drifting in and out of New York’s buroughs, to Chicago’s own CTA transit garden, and so much more.  Despite all this research, one precedent seemed to slip under our radar, until recently – and it’s right here at home!
Chicago’s Water Management fleet is made up of a variety of vehicles including these supporting trailers.  They contain all the tools required for a specific field of maintenance and can be towed by any vehicle, locked up and left on-site overnight thereby minimizing the amount of space occupied on the street and freeing up larger vehicles of the fleet for more substantial maintenance.  It is with this realm of design that the MFC smart cart finds kinship, but in place of a mobility dedicated to hard infrastructure the MFC connects existing, and creates anew, small-scale food-centered cultural anchors across the city.  This soft-infrastructure encourages collaboration within a network of urban farms, markets, education centers and other like minded-institutions under the aegis of food.
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