Vancouver, like many other global cities, is experiencing tensions over foreign investments, where local communities are losing sense of attachment over their built environment. Free Range proposes a new type of crowd funded architecture giving back the opportunity for inhabitants to subsidize architectural projects and, to a broader extent, strives to encourage an alternative and parallel economy.
Inspired by the ability of certain living organisms to use their excretions and secretions to built their own shelters, Free Range explores a human organic waste cycle, from consumption to elimination, in order to generate architecture. Body waste produced within the microsystem becomes its own raw materials; hair collected in the salon, mixed with glycerine and sodium sulfite generate bioplastic. Urine, a coffee and beer consumption by-product enjoyed on site, is stored and mixed with basillus pasteurii; a bacteria feeding off urea. This process creates a calcium by-product, which results in a biostone with concrete-like structural capacities. The tower-like typology works as a marker in the city allowing a self-promotion. The light structure allows it to be built wherever a new architectural project is needed.