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James Ellis



The Plant is a public food factory that reclaims Newcastle’s corporation baths through pivoting the city towards its industrial past. The project critiques the development of generic cities and the food that inhabits them by re-imagining the typology of the industrial factory. A small, urban, ornate, iconic and public factory: in opposition to the values of industrial food and architecture.

Through the emerging shared economy that prioritizes access over ownership, the factory is democratized and a public facility born. Previously exclusive to the wealthy, the factory disrupts the generic city to create a space that is inclusive, dynamic and most importantly: public.