This project holds the ambition to rethink and redesign crofting, the backbone of South Usit, in order to sustain a future for the Island community. Acanthus is centred around the growing and production of crickets, to supplement both the human and animal Island food chains, which are currently the unstable and detrimental product of imported produce. Instead, and opportunity to reduce carbon print, offer employment, improve health and wellbeing, and contribute to the local economy is founded. Acanthus calls for a new architectural typology, shifting from farming the traditional ‘livestock’ and plugging into the future ‘microstock’, to unlock the potential in sustainable insect farming through architectural innovation. Acanths looks to pave the way forward in creating a viable and successful architecture suitable for Island life, to educate and connect communities with a sustainable future.,
South Uist’s current food chain is primarily dependant on global imports and is highly vulnerable. Acanthus could make a significant contribution to the food chain, plugging in to the viable opportunity to provide increased good security by designing a feasible cricket farm unit, on a challengingly crofted Island.