Designing for Greenery
Kunal Botla & Ben Litvak-Hinenzon
Designing for Greenery designs a mixed use structure for the urbanized Bedford conceptualized in Connecting Homes, with detail on the gardens and green spaces within that design and environment.
Food creates significant environmental impacts; through food transportation and water run off. Solving these issues, community gardens create a beneficial impact for the communities that use them and the environment as a whole. They're especially important to low income communities with less access to healthy food options resulting in chronic health conditions.
CIFI Donut Kindergart / THDL
Sede do Médicos Sem Fronteiras em Barcelona / Batlleiroig
88 Seaport / OMA
The Boston area currently has a massive housing shortage driving people to find housing in a suburban area. Connecting Homes analyzed this shortage of transit accessible space and provided recommendations for increasing transit accessibility of the Great Road area in Bedford. Quality housing availability is critical to people’s well being. Within urbanization, food continues to be a critical resource.
Colorized 3D Model
Technical Starting Point + Final Code & Setup
Garden Video 2
Colorized 3D Model
Designing for Greenery builds on Connecting Homes to conceptualize a mixed-use building with a heavy integration of green-space and urban farming for newly urbanized areas. It aims to continue to solve the ongoing housing crisis in the Boston area currently driving people to find more affordable homes in more suburban areas. Designing for Greenery designs a mixed-use structure for an urbanized and transit connected Bedford and other regions like it.
Connecting Homes identified an example of a potential urban area and identified a methodology to urbanize it in terms of access. Designing for Greenery creates a mixed-use building to integrate commercial retail and office space, housing, and urban farming in one structure, maximizing the ground available. Designing for Greenery ultimately seeks to create a replicable solution for the Boston area, especially as zoning requirements are changing in support across Massachusetts. It explored various additive, joined, and subtractive methods of designing parts of the building through physical and digital methods, ultimately utilizing subtractive areas to create green space with varying conditions. Designing for Greenery includes a design and prototype of a full-scale urban farm supporting Tiny Farm, Big Impact, funded by Beaver’s Alex Cohn Grant.