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Eco-architecture firm invents livable "Cricket Shelter Farm," confirms worst nightmares

Christopher Tarantino

So, you survived Y2K without building a bunker and assume you're in the clear now. Think again. Brooklyn Navy Yard's new "Cricket Shelter Farm" from architectural design firm Terreform Open Network Ecology (ONE) is the newest in livable, self-sustaining, free-range, above-ground survival spaces. In a space that's probably bigger as a lot of local apartments, the farm enables you to live there with thousands of cricket roommates who will also serve as your high-protein meals. Think of it as farm and table.

The project, commissioned by Art Works for Change, is only a prototype at the moment (thank God) but could be quickly erected in the event of a natural disaster or forthcoming NYC rent hike. After much experimentation, the Terreform ONE scientists deduced that when food runs low crickets will eat their young and are now betting that they're one of the last things you'd consider eating instead of your young. Tough call, really.


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