Emma Wood

Nettle works emerged from taking 'rurban' as a middle ground between rural and urban, looking at the effects of mass produced food in terms of our dependance on imported food and the consequences of intensive crop production on biodiversity, before focussing on a specific site.


Conversations with residents of Colombes, a suburb to the north of Paris, and further research into the development of the parisian suburb, led me to make links between the problems of habitat fragmentation for both people and biodiversity. This developed into the question 'how can fragmented communities and wildlife be reconnected in an urban environment?', and simultaneously investigating how this could also contribute to the need for communities to become more self sufficient in terms of food production, a common theme within the studio.


Taking inspiration from Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes as a way of linking communities and species, the project imagines a wild corridor, developed from the existing natural biodiversity corridor that runs alongside the railway (a common feature in all cities). Unused sites along this would be used in small scale industries that demonstrate the usefulness of local 'wild' produce and hopefully inspire people to grow their own food.


The 'NettleWorks' site is adjacent to Gare du Stadt station. The site takes three urban wild species; the nettle plant, the bee and the pigeon and combines their processes in a nettle fabric factory. Processes are visible to commuters from trains and residents. The roof of a storage barn and 'pigeonaire' addresses the lack of public seating space in the area by acting as a small park. Architecturally the project investigates how the building can provide a habitat for both people and animal and plant species.


Development model of site showing processes and flows


Long sections showing processes


Cross section

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