Published on 02 November 2011
The Greenhouse Project is just one of several collaborations under the direction of desigNYC. With the intent to foster social change through design, desigNYC connects designers with nonprofits, community groups, and city agencies.
That could change with the Greenhouse Project in Brooklyn. This conceptual “pop-up farm” would be built in Cypress Hills, a low-income neighborhood with extremely high obesity rates and a dearth of access to nutritious food. A forward-thinking group of architects, engineers, and designers hopes to offer a corrective by providing hydroponic food to local residents through an off-grid mobile unit. But the Greenhouse Project isn’t just about growing fresh produce. The plan is to turn the place into an educational hub. Local schools could visit on field trips to learn about the connection between science, nutrition, and climate change. Residents could take classes on urban agriculture and greenhouse construction.
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