Growing roots

Growing roots, an agricultural community deals with the Subdivision of Agricultural Land, which South African policies have prevented pleading the creation of ‘’uneconomic’’ subdivision of prime agricultural land, resulting in the implicit inaccessibility of some minorities to arable plots. 
        This speculative project is a mix-used farm that combines different farming activities with housing promoting a sustainable and circular system, a regenerative space of symbiosis where all organisms benefit from each other.  The strategy will benefit citizens on a national scale, helping to achieve food security, social cohesion, and urban resilience without overexploiting the soil and destroying biodiversity. This pilot model might repeat in the Johannesburg peri-urban area creating agricultural districts and transforming South Africa's conventional farming practices, segregated into highly specialized commercial farms and small subsistence smallholder farmers.


Sanne van den Breemer
Filip Geerts
Ilmar Hurkxkens

Director of Studies

Salomon Frausto


Nigel Alarcon(MX), Pooja Bhave(IN), Mariano Cuofano(IT), Fabiola Cruz(PE), Alonso Díaz(MX), Xiaoyu Ding(CN), Ines Garcia‑Lezana(ES), Sandra Garcia(ES), Martino Greco(IT), Sebastian Hitchcock(ZA), Alejandra Huesca(MX), Yesah Hwangbo(KR), Takuma Johnson(US), Yi-Ni Lin(TW), Paola Tovar(MX), Cristhy Mattos(BR), Preradon Pimpakan(TH), Adi Samet(IL), Raymond Tang(US), Kulaporn Temudom(TH), Danai Tsigkanou(GR), Jesse Verdoes(NL), Rongting Xiao(CN)