The CLOTH Tapestry
This project was featured on the Products of Design department blog. It was incorporated into CLOTH's funding application for fiscal year 2017, and will be presented to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, NYC Council Members, and the Manhattan Borough President.
What: An architectural proposal and food pantry redesign
Who: Washington Heights-based non-profit Community League of the Heights [known as CLOTH], and its constitutuents
Where: Products of Design class "Design for Sustainability and Resilience", under the guidance of Claire Hartten and Kate Bakewell
When: Products of Design, Semester 1
Why: To design solutions for a rat-infested empty lot that CLOTH owns and wants to convert into a garden
How: Though the original brief was to design a greenhouse for the empty lot, I saw a real need for CLOTH to redesign the food pantry that it operates for the benefit of its constituency. I researched food pantry models and found that the client choice model of food pantry distribution imbues the food pantry user with a sense of agency and dignity that is otherwise lacking in food pantries. To accommodate the space that a client choice food pantry requires, I proposed that CLOTH construct a series of ramps to connect its adjacent properties in the area of the food pantry and the empty lot, and use shipping containers to create a community center, upon which a greenhouse could be placed, and where community members might rest after a tiring journey through the food pantry. This solution mitigated problems posed by the rat infestation and the lack of sunlight in the empty lot, and provided CLOTH with enough space to operate a client choice food pantry.
CLOTH chose to engage with my vision for the empty lot, and is in the process of applying for funding to make the proposal a reality. The final presentation to CLOTH is available for download, as is the funding proposal, which I graphically designed and laid out. The images below are both process and final images; the architect [Urban Quotient]'s renderings of the final proposal are indicated by the inclusion of the architect's logo.