Simona Uzunova: Food City


Food City envisions a new model for plant-based food production integrated within London’s green space network

Goal & objective
Food City envisions a new model for plant-based food production integrated in London’s green space network. It aims to provide 30 per cent of London’s produce – enough to achieve self-sustainability.  The project develops as a closed-loop edible ecosystem, which respectfully intervenes with existing functions, supports the local community and is locally driven. 

While the overall strategy anticipates turning London’s park spaces into fruitful landscapes, the project only focuses on Clissold Park as a testing ground for its theory. 

Clissold Park is established as a Food Forest – a concept driven by permaculture principles, which enable the symbiosis between nature and person-driven plant growth, while retaining the park’s existing functions as recreational ground. The proposal targets the educational prospect of the project by focusing on a contemporary approach to walled garden design, incorporating high-tech and traditional growing principles. These, supported by various facilities, create an enclosed food system, where products and by-products are distributed locally or reused in the process of food production. 

The project is a testing ground which has a global impact by potentially turning cities like London into self-sustainable establishments where people and nature exist in synchrony with the seasons. In addition, the new model could challenge the existing social fragmentation by bringing people together in pursuit of a common goal. 

Site location
Clissold Park, London Borough of Hackney, N16 9HJ 

Project size
24,760 sqft / 2,300sqm 

Hackney Council