urban farms collaborative
Team: Brigitte Kerr, Master Planning and Architectural Design, sDC; Jamie Miller, Architectural Design and Shipping Container Design Consultant, Urban Fabric Architecture; Laura Staniland, Urban Public Policy and Planning and Multimedia Development, CivicsLab, LLC.
A desolate lot, enclosed with LED illuminated fencing, sets the tone for a project of dichotomies. Sited in the middle of the Curtis Park Neighborhood, just south of Downtown Denver’s core, Denver Housing Authority (DHA) has designated an entire city block as a Sustainability Park, exploring sustainable construction as it relates to energy production/efficiency, local food production, water management and developing quantifiable metrics for these new cutting edge products and practices.
sDC in partnership with Urban Fabric Architecture led the first step of this multi-phase development, master planning the Urban Farm Collaborative (UFC) site and designing infrastructure integrating recycled shipping containers.
The precise program
requirements of UFC state: “sheltering people from the sun's fever while
simultaneously maximizing it’s presence on plants” balances the diverse needs
of the sustainability park. Creating a solution of it's own dichotomies:
where solar orientation interface with the city grid; nature meets technology; and
farmers, designers, and developers rise up, unite and realize
the vision of Denver’s largest Urban Farm.
Follow the progress at ufarchitecture.wordpress.com