Final images and information regarding this project will be posted soon. In the meantime, please check out The Green Bastards website at http://www.thegreenbastards.com.
The final review, held on Friday April 29th, was successful in terms of maximizing the amount of exposure for the project. We presented a total of four separate times with approximately thirty minutes per presentation. Guest critics included Phil Hodges and David Dahlquist of RDG planning and design, and ISU faculty members Sharon Wohl and Marwan Ghandour.
The biggest challenge we faced during the final review, and for most of the semester, was communicating such a complex process in a relatively short period of time. The 3D panoramic renderings allowed us to focus more attention on presenting the Living Building Challenge, and specific food hub processes like aggregation and distribution. The image below shows one of the several panoramic renderings presented on Friday.
Feedback received during the final presentation was positive in regard to the overall idea and programming. The beer garden design was also very well received, but some of the more negative responses to the project were directed at the building design. As a catalyst for growth in the South Downtown area of Las Vegas, the project placed more emphasis on the success of programmatic features such as the restaurant, market, and beer garden. These facets were categorized as our revenue drivers for the project. Meaning they would be used to maximize income over a five year period in order to facilitate the success of our primary mission of food security. Because of this we spent more time developing the individual programs as separate entities, as opposed to utilizing a holistic approach that would have created a more fluid interior.
(Sean Wittmeyer presenting The Living Building Challenge to Phil Hodges.)
(Studio recap following the grueling 4 hour review/Brad getting himself some banana raisin cookies.)
In the next several weeks this work will be compiled and presented to the city of Las Vegas. In the meantime, this project should serve as a demonstration of the importance of food security in the United States. Urban farming is a sound solution for resolving issues of nutrition and availability, but the scope and scale of urban farming must be amplified in order to make an impact.
Food Security: “When all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.” – WHO