Fall 2016 | 2 Month Long Project | Completed Individually
Our final project for semester three. We were given a site on Pittsburgh's North Shore and asked to design an urban gardening center. The prompt was extremely open ended. We were given some guidelines- for example, we were told we needed to have an "urban barn," a farmers' market, etc. - but overall, we were able to manipulate the program to fit what we felt that the community needed.
After researching the area for the grow atlas project, I discovered that it was already highly catered towards children and families. I felt that having my gardening center focus on teaching children about agriculture would allow it to fit into its surroundings and help to get the next generation excited about farming and eating healthy.
As for the overall look of my building, it was inspired in part by railway turntables, since the site sits on a historical rail line from the height of Pittsburgh's steel manufacturing. The masonry walls are made of poured concrete, which allows them to taper as the get shorter and move towards the center of the circle. The waffle-looking roof is inspired by the atrium roof of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. Having the grid structure also allows for a shading device to be placed in each of the squares.