Physical Features

Physical Features

This section describes the project’s building and site design and features.

Siteplan with Floor Plan

Siteplan with Floor Plan

East & West Buildings

The east building is at the corner of Jackson Boulevard and diagonal Ogden Avenue. The west building is at the corner of Jackson and Wood Street. Both buildings have five levels. The east building houses the grocery store, classrooms, labs, administrative office, and an auditorium. The west building has residences, offices, and the retail spaces, co-working space, and a bike shop.

A rooftop terrace is accessed from the second level on each building. A bridge over a pedestrian walkway connects the buildings. The buildings face south and incorporate passive solar design features to reduce heating and cooling needs.

Workshop

Theme: Appropriate Technology

Focus area: Transportation

The workshop in the west building houses a branch of West Town Bikes to teach people how bikes work, how to build and repair bicycles, and learn how to repair and build electrical motors that are used in wind turbines.

Barn

Focus area: Food

A long and linear building parallel to the ‘L’ tracks is partially submerged, giving it a green roof. The barn stores the movable and stationary chicken coops and the anaerobic digester. The barn has a storefront for to sell eggs as well as selling chicken and chicks for use at home and in neighborhood gardens.

Farmer's market under the "EL"

Farmer’s market under the “EL”

Digester

A plug-flow style digester will process all types of materials including plant and animal waste and cardboard packaging. Each day a new “plug” is added, and the resulting methane gas is an energy source. The output is a slurry of water and biosolids, which are separated and regenerated as graywater and farm fertilizer, respectively.

Dome

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The geodesic dome serves as the greenhouse for part of the living machine and part of the food forest. Some of the species in the living machine and food forest require a greenhouse during winter. The leaf-like canopy is a curved butterfly roof aiding harvesting rainwater, solar power, and provides passive temperature control, and admits more sunlight in winter and shades more in summer.

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Water Management

Focus area: Water

Precipitation

Capture and filtration systems are as close to the water source as possible to reduce the amount of infrastructure that moves the water to the wetland. Rainwater is cleaned to become potable.

Surface Runoff

The water management system will capture surface water runoff from the roadway and footpaths into bioswales along the street and the wetland, respectively.

Waste Water

Waste water from the site will be treated by a simulated wetland living machine that is partially indoor and outdoor. After this stage of cleansing, the water will flow through the food forest, providing irrigation and recharging the water table underground.

Design

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Passive Solar Section

Passive Solar Section

Aerial view of Site

Aerial view of Site

Table 3 – Gross square footage o of structures on the site

West

East

Bridge

Dome

Barn

Digester

Level 1

10,578

8,000

5,566

2,961

2,631

Level 2

7,782

5,336

998

Level 3

5,422

4,004

Level 4

4,148

3,108

Total

27,930

20,448

998

5,566

2,961

2,631

Site Total

60,534 ft2

Further reading

Problems & Solutions: Food – Water – Transportation – Energy

Divisions – Physical Features

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