a 5-story food process learning center
- When I returned to school after researching urban farming with Ziba, my studio class was assigned an adaptive reuse project. We visited an old, industrial building in Rochester and each of us spent the rest of the semester developing its programming and designing its interiors.
- In addition to the initial research at Ziba, interviews with friends and Ithaca residents helped me to discover barriers and motivators to growing food:BarriersLack of knowledge Many people assume that since they live in an apartment, or don't have much time, growing their own food is not a possibility. If they do have space and time, people often feel like they don't know how to start.Social identification One interviewee said, "I don't eat salad. I can't grow a tuna sandwich, so why would I have a garden?" Growing food is often connected with a "crunchy granola", pretentiously healthy and ecologically-friendly lifestyle. If a person doesn't identify with that, they're less likely to consider growing food for themselves.MotivatorsFood The beautiful, delicious, fresh produce that comes from the hard work of gardening gives gardeners a sense of pride, and everyone else can taste the difference.Community People love to come together around a garden. Sharing tips, seeds, and even full plants connects neighbors, and gardening outside their houses gives people a low-risk point of interaction.
- Ideation:After understanding important precedents and context, I began to think about what the building should contain and how spaces could support subtle and formal learning about the food process.
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