Over the past year, “casitas” have been sprouting up in community gardens from Puerto Rico to the South Bronx. These “little houses” are the result of a collaboration between the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the Urban Air Foundation (UAF) to develop an adaptable structure for community gardens. Taking on former mayor Mike Bloomberg’s post-Sandy challenge to create resilient infrastructure throughout the city, the two organizations partnered with Ten Arquitectos to create the shed-like structures. The modular timber casitas are multi-functional and can be converted to food preparation stations, performance stages, storage spaces, or just a spot for shade.
NYC community gardens
Green Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design
Ten Arquitectos Develop All-Purpose ‘Casitas’ for Community Gardens Around the City, Fri, June 5, 2015
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Daily Link Fix: Lincoln Center Exhibit will Simulate a Power Plant; Tour New Williamsburg Design Store Beam, Wed, September 24, 2014
- DNAinfo speaks to some of the city’s gardening experts for tips on how residents can turn vacant lots into their very own community gardens.
- A new contemporary art project will open at Lincoln Center plaza on October 3rd. According to Architizer, “Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada),” by Irish artist John Gerrard, will use computer simulation to recreate an actual Nevada power plant.
- We have a serious urge to redecorate our apartments after taking Design Sponge’s 10-second shop tour of Beam, the recently opened Williamsburg design store.
- If you’ve taken an architectural history class, you know it can be tough to keep all those styles straight. So, Mental Floss uses hair styles to make it a little easier.
- New York Magazine checks out a Rockaway bungalow, beautifully restored after Hurricane Sandy.
Images: Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada), via John Gerrard (L); Beam, via Design Sponge (R)