For several decades regional governments of rural Asia have promoted a farming model that draws small farmers away from subsistence farming through subsidizing of GM seeds and the chemicals required to use these seeds. At the cost of the environment and fertile farmland, industrial agriculture is more expensive than traditional methods.
The Agricultural center conceived as a head quarters for an agricultural research and development center, teaching sustainable practice to local village farmers. The mixed land use model was an adap- tation of the Thai Kings’ model for sustainable development, denoting a mixture of land use for protein production and subsequent village market sales- chicken, pigs, and fish bio-systems interwoven in a landscape of rice fields, seasonal fruit and vegetables.
A traditional woven bamboo fish trap inspired the roof shape that has become a landmark for the village people to understand and identify with.
The large opening for views and passive ventilation enhanced thermally with the proximity to water, and thick adobe walls. 180m2 of Ground floor facilities include laboratory, large workspace and offices. A 90m2 second story concrete platform functions as a lofting dormitory to accommodate up to 50 students during events.
October 7, 2016