Smout Allen

Rachel King - Pastures New

Rural land in Switzerland is lost to development at rate equivalent to 18 football pitches per day, calling for change in agricultural practices. Alpine transhumance is a traditional form of seasonal livestock farming, where shepherds lead flocks across established specified routes to reach grazing pastures. The Transhumance Farmstead in Lausanne adapts these traditional practices and integrates a route through the city, meandering to provide inhabited pockets underneath an elevated cow track. This is interspersed with 'mother' farmsteads and the condensed vertical arrangement of farm spaces allows greater spatial capacity for pastureland. Green spaces within the five districts become utilised meadowland pastures to encourage biodiversity.