ARCHITECT Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
LOCATION Elora Research Station, Arkell Research Station and Ponsonby Research Station, Ontario
Unprecedented globally, Mission 2050 (M2050) will establish an integrated agri-ecology campus for dairy, poultry and swine research, technology development and innovation, and knowledge transfer. Bringing together multidisciplinary scientists, educators, and industry partners, M2050 operates using a conceptual framework of “total resource recovery” that incrementally closes the loop on problematic emissions through the cycling of organics, energy and water, and through novel co-product development. This framework is supported by integrated horticultural, food production/processing, and renewable bio-energy capabilities which establish a scaleable research environment for ongoing innovation, and will place Ontario at the forefront of interdisciplinary agricultural and bio-systems research. Through interdisciplinary research, technology development, partnerships and educational outreach, M2050 ultimately seeks to comprehensively transform the environmental footprint and sustainability of animal enterprises into a net-positive condition, through broad-range research objectives established by the University of Guelph in collaboration with its partners.
Mission 2050 falls very much within the realm of the “greening” of the agriculture industry. It blends the latest in energy and recycling technologies to promote continued research in environmental sustainability. It is unique in that it is a living laboratory which is combined with outreach objectives, thus providing the agriculture industry with innovative solutions that can be quickly adopted.
The agri-ecology campus is truly a visionary endeavour. The concept of “total resource recovery” is an essential part of humanity’s environmental challenge this coming century. The role of the architect as a central figure in this project sends an important message to our profession’s next generation. This is the serious business of saving the planet.