There is not such a negative image creature in the world culture as a pig, from Muslims to Europeans to pork-loving Chinese, hog is an image of dirt, nastiness, mire, maliciousness and at the same time cunningness. Despite such deep seated animosity pork is fundamental in today's food industry and it is especially so in China. Here around 60% of all pork is raised, slaughtered and consumed with additional 15% imported from all over the world primarily as frozen meet. With a market of such size and continuously expanding one, the Chinese pork industry has been an investment bonanza for three decades, with one major stick in its wheels - lack of land. With many farms inevitably concentrated at the centers of consumption such as Beijing and Shanghai where land prices and lack of control drive pork businessman to concentrate animals in dangerous levels. This leads to spread of viruses endemic to animals and massive falls such as one that occurred in 2013 when hundreds of pork corpses floated along one of the most glamorous Asia's riverfronts the Shanghai's Huangpu River.
With astonishing single mindedness Chinese developers, city planners and builders took on the eighty years old plus concept of single standing "towers" in a "park" with few, very few reservations. These primarily include ways of bringing budgets lower, although, ironically the resultant closed communities, called in north American parlance "projects" and intended for low income residents, here they are "marketed" as "premium accommodation" intended for "luxurious life" whatever that may mean in the circumstances. Spacing between towers is brought to a minimum, to the bare passing of the code that prescribes minimum of two hours of direct sunlight a day on all of the building's bedrooms. The sudden reverence towards the ideals of modernism is the latter’s simplicity in realization and lower plot sizes needed. We will not go deep into the dehumanizing effects of such development for human psyche, where only people you might meet is an unknown neighbor from an unknown floor, such a discourse is unwarranted because most of such developments across the many second, third and fourth tier cities stay empty, as they might have been intended to from the beginning.
The project we propose is half a provocation and half a real project that addresses a serious issue. It can provide the urgently needed space for pig farming in the empty residential towers in some of the main congested metropolitan regions of the country. We exchange ghost residents that will never materialize to real pigs, with their urgent need for space.
Despite seeming surrealism of the proposal it’s not as disconnected from the reality as it may first seem. More than an industrial plant which produces pork we devise a system of public functions that could potentially enrich our understanding of ourselves in the place where we are closest to the position of god. These functions will include a site visitor center that would allow visits into same of the areas of the farm and also an art gallery whose main goal is to provide a powerful setting to exhibit art, both of these functions intended to look into the everyday world of mass consumption both food and art from a new vantage point.