The BuzzBuilding – How to Make London Self Sufficient in Protein trough Urban Insect Farming

The BuzzBuilding – Belatchew Arkitekter’s proposal on how to make cities self-sufficient in protein through urban insect farming – is currently on display at the Roca London Gallery as part of the exhibition ‘London 2026: recipes for building a food capital’, a showcase of creative visions, architectural schemes and live projects from around the world that explore the sustainable integration of food into the urban mix.

Roca’s spring exhibition is set in London in 2026, when the capital’s population will have passed the 10 million mark.  The show imagines how ‘agritecture’ – buildings that can grow food – will have impacted our cityscape, with food being produced at a variety of scales.

Rahel Belatchew, Principal Architect, CEO and founder of Belatchew Arkitekter said,

“We are overwhelmed with the interest the world has shown our BuzzBuilding, and it is gratifying that we now have the opportunity to show how the BuzzBuilding can resolve London’s need of protein at the Roca London Gallery.”

“We also look forward to discuss our proposal for how to make cities self-sufficient in protein within the framework of ‘agritecture’ – buildings growing food – together with a distinguished panel including Carolyn Steel, whose book ‘Hungry City’ points out the close connection between the city and the food needed for its citizens.”

The exhibition is curated by Department 22 and takes place at the Roca London Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid. An opening event on Wednesday 13 February 2019 will include a panel discussion with Carolyn Steel, Architect/writer; May Rosenthal Sloan, Co-curator of ‘Food: Bigger than the Plate’; Nick Jeffries, Engineer, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Clare Brass, Founder, Department 22 besides Rahel Belatchew, Belatchew Arkitekter. More about the exhibition can be found at