As an extension of the aquatic research cell into the urban scale, the Food Research Institute continues the dynamic cycle of human-bio input and output, centered upon hydroponic food production. The process begins with the collection of food waste from local participating entities. The waste is converted into compost tea, from which compost laboratories extract organic compounds. These compounds are recombined and calibrated to act as the fertilizing agent for the hydroponic wall modules (indoor and outdoor) across the facility.

The extracted organic compounds are also engineered for use as experimental ingredients in a kitchen studio which serves as a place for community collaboration and as an opportunity to learn healthy means of cooking and preparing meals. Urbanistically, the structural ribs of the Institute turn down upon the adjacent plaza, serving as an urban market for distribution of the Institute’s hydroponically grown produce.