senkofa urban agriculture center is a project which focuses on using contextual studies from population studies to geographical studies to create a center in where a very functional central hub for a community can be formed.
for this specific design solution, the idea of a microcosm, or “a city within a city” was highlighted. the project itself houses three central roads that connect the whole site, turning the program into a very open plan. various social spaces are scattered throughout the roads, allowing a slower circulation to provide a more immersive experience in the site.
in addition, all of the program is ada accessible to provide the community an undiscriminating social hub.
the site of this project pertains to the neighborhood of homewood. during the site visit to analyze the site, the leader of the discussion and client, informed the students that homewood was in a “food apartheid”, or a food desert, due to the fact that the general population is african-american and no fresh produce ever enters the neighborhood.
the project focuses on how to improve this issue by presenting an agricultural center which both helps provide for the neighborhood and bring unity within the neighborhood of homewood.
the overall design of the project was generated through diagrammatic means. starting from an adjacency web diagram and the influence of the sunpath and private to public diagram, a sectional location diagram was created, through which the general outline of the program was created.
from there more formal diagrams on how to create an inviting and effective city-like design were created which all influenced the final product.