Sunday, April 12, 2009

assignment 4: vertical farm

vertical farm

For the next six weeks, you will be adapting the existing structure at 91 Hartford Ave to house an Urban Agriculture Center with a Vertical Farm. You are to incorporate the following program elements into the existing building, and you are allowed to extend the program beyond the structure of the building by a factor of 25%. This can be done horizontally (in plan) or vertically (in section) or both.

The program for the new building is broken into two categories. The first is the Urban Agriculture Center, where food and soil are grown, and community/education outreach takes place. The square footage of this category is open, and the area allotted to each component is given in percentages. The second category is supplemental, serving as financial support for the UAC. These programs are given specific (minimum) square footages. The breakdown is as follows:

urban agricultural center:

food production & acquaponics (65% of area)

compost & vermiculture (10% of area)

classrooms, offices & incubator kitchens (25% of area)

supplemental program:
market - 10,000 s.f.

café – 4,000 s.f.

optional site enhancements:

exterior (windrow) composting area

livestock/chicken area

bee hives

exterior (seasonal) growing beds

other considerations:

loading areas

site circulation

vertical circulation

site/neighborhood context

The following programs are required to have zenithal light (i.e. daylight from above): classrooms, offices & incubator kitchens, the market, and the café. Obviously the food production area will need light from above as much as is possible, but it is understood that artificial light is essential to the control of the growing environment.

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