Designing for Greenery1 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.