Urban Food Hub
from Design 6 Architecture Studio with Prof. Chitsanzo Lamba-Issac
Located in Lower Manhattan, this food hub will serve the community by tackling the issue of food waste. Not only will the hub take in local food waste, but strive to educate the community on food waste and composting. This hub will include an on-site compositing area, two community gardens, cooking classes, gardening/ composting classes, and much more.
This food hub recovers food waste through the process of turning it into compost. The highly designed core is composed of units that hold the compost for the first phase which will break down the waste and produce a liquid fertilizer that can be used. Once the compost is finished in this phase, the unit will release the waste down the central chute into the basement where it will continue the process, being constantly turned until the waste is completely composted and can be packaged to be sold and used on site. Composting produces heat, so under each pile will be a system of pipes for radiant heating. These pipes will collect the heat produced by the compost and store it to be used throughout the building to reduce energy costs. In addition to the sustainable radiant heating system, there are a series of solar panels on the composting roof to collect solar energy to power the core.
What has influenced your designs?
Simply daily life, we live in the built environment and those experiences paired with the spaces we are in are continuously influencing us. Site is the driver in my designs, it typically leads me to play with geometries and their organization.
"Passion is necessary for successful designs."
What inspires you?
I am often inspired by greenspaces and creating somewhere for the community to gather. I like creating spaces that encourage interaction with the environment and one another, fostering a relationship with the community and strengthening the neighborhood by giving them a space to gather.
"I like creating spaces that encourage interaction with the environment."