Urban Farming Outreach Center

Fall Semester 2014

Studio Coordinator Josh Bard
Studio Professor Jen Lucchino

Outreach within a community entails connection with it and respect for it as a context for creation. This proposition for a center for urban agriculture floating above a site occupied by pre-existing garages and spreading over a streetscape to reach a site on a major avenue in PIttsburgh presents community members with spaces for urban farming, performance, learning, eating, and playing arranged across and about a curving walkway joining the awkwardly arranged parcels of ground area available to build on. Interspersed with brick elements and covered with a wooden trellis the project responds to materials used in the local community; its farming areas slope in rhythm with the topography below them to shade neighboring rowhouses evenly. By creating varied types of farming spaces along its arable surfaces, the design allows for different types and levels of farming applicable to a wide variety of levels of involvement, from casual community members wishing to take only a simple planter bed along the main walkway to more serious members helping to raise plants in larger plots.

Rendered view of some of the agricultural plots, showing the trellis overhead. The trellis was created using a grasshopper definition which generated the geometries of the structural members of the trellis based upon the main guide curves at the top and the points of contact below, allowing the design to change without the need to redesign the component.

Early study model showing the center as a series of gardens suspended from a spine joining the ends of the project.

Early study model showing the center as two main volumes placed along the main circulation path, giving access to it.

Final model, view showing the main trellis reaching toward the ground.

Final model, view showign the trellis curving back to meet the circulaion path.

Watercolor concept drawing.

Watercolor concept drawing.

Watercolor concept drawing.

Watercolor concept drawing.