This project aims to provide a sustainable option for learning and food sourcing in lower income areas. The state of Connecticut has a very uneven economy in terms of geography. For example, Fairfield county is on the border of New York and is extremely wealthy, however Bridgeport a city located in the county is impoverished. This project would include building a community center that is focused around sustainable living and gardening. People would be able to use the gardens to grow their own food and flowers, there would also be opportunities to learn about living more sustainably. Living sustainable could help them learn about economical advantages and simple life tips. This space would be low impact and consist of a small building and gardens made from sustainable materials. This center would be used by the citizens of the city and community. It could be adults, students, teenagers, and young children. The area has to have good exposure to light, enough space to support a community garden, and environmentally friendly materials that create a modern and welcoming atmosphere. There would need to be volunteers willing to teach sustainability classes and gardening. Connecticut experiences every seasons, the building will be able to withstand the cold and snow, and during the summer humidity. It will also be low cost to build and maintain to be truly sustainable. A community like this can help the citizens in many ways and teach children and adults a lifestyle that is achievable and beneficial to them and the environment.
What is Sustainable Gardening
Detroit Sustainable Community Center:
This project turned a vacant apartment complex into a sustainable community center. There is a physical building where they are trying to reuse materials and other sustainable features to align with U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). There is also a urban farm within the plot that has been running since 2012. The food that is produced is free for families, food pantries, churches, and businesses. There are opportunities for children to get involved with gardening on their children’s garden, which targets certain educational benefits.
Site Analysis and Plan
The site is currently a park along the water with a lot of open space. It is in a neighborhood that also has some commercial properties near the water.
Within in my 3D model there is a wave like fence to mimic the path along the water that pre-exist in the park. There large folding glass doors which can open up the entire building to the outdoors. There is a common room, class room, small kitchen, and male and female bathrooms. The garden beds provide enough space for planting freedom for the users.
I choose to do a sustainable community center because I have an interest in the environment, and this is away to combine architecture and sustainability for a greater good. My goal was to create a space for the community to learn to be more sustainable and use their knowledge. While developing my project I learned what makes a successful community center, while still being environmentally friendly.