An abandoned tobacco plant in Louisville, Kentucky is being transformed into an innovative 24-acre "food port" by Rem Koolhaas' firm, OMA. Local farmers will be able to grow, sell, and distribute food at the new $50M facility, which is due to break ground in the summer. The just-released masterplan for the site "reflects the full food chain," and includes spaces for a kitchen incubator, urban farming, and a recycling center. There will also be a plaza where farmers can sell their goods, and a dedicated area for food trucks.
"The Food Port acts as a catalyst to activate the surrounding neighborhoods, exemplifying one of the complex urban relationships between architecture and food that our studio is investigating," said OMA's Shohei Shigematsu. The project is expected to bring 200 new jobs to Louisville, in addition to lots of delicious local produce.
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