[Before & After, via http://www.apcollaborative.org/]
Two new/upcoming pro-bono projects at the farm aim to find architectural and landscape solutions to increase productivity, integrate ecology and aid production.
[Rendering of barn, courtesy of Studios Architecture]
Studios Archicture's San Franciso office has designed a multi-purpose barn that will provide an area for vegetable washing, storage, office space and bike parking. Anna de Anguera, the lead designer explains the design goals:
"Design goals were to make something simple & easy to construct that utilizes as much donated and salvaged materials as possible, and is strategically sited for views from inside the barn and solar access to the greenhouse. The butterfly roof was chosen to make future rainwater collection simple and to emphasize the rainwater collection goals. The structure will utilize containers donated by shipping companies and perforated metal panels salvaged from our design for the AIA booth at (the 2009) AIA convention."The barn project is awaiting funding for completion.
[Diagram of hedgerow plant-insect relationships]
These projects at the APC Farm are one example of the ways that design professionals can engage and support the efforts of local,urban food production. I'd love to hear of more projects like this, and will be posting photos of the APC projects as they develop.