Edible Schoolyard NYC: An Immersive Education in Food, Farming & Fun
As part of my ongoing research into the integration of nature and growth into products and spaces, I was inspired and delighted by New York's first 'Edible Schoolyard'.
Part of a far-reaching Edible Schoolyard project, half of the car park at the Arturo Toscanini School in Brooklyn was transformed into an all-seasons growing experience, comprising an organic garden of fruit and vegetables, a colourful kitchen classroom exploring colour and materials, and a 'Systems Wall' which harvests rainwater for irrigation and houses tools and washrooms.
Designed to educate the children about the cultivation, nurturing, harvesting and transformation of food into delicious, healthy meals, we love the use of shapes and tactile materials, the fresh colour palette and the sense of fun that engages the children without over-simplifying the processes involved. We really see a platform for all the tasty ideas, experimentation, mistakes, mess and imagination a kid could ever want - key to helping form a lifelong interest and passion that endures.
Hats off to architectural practice WORKac and all involved - an outstanding piece of work. See the project here.
All images © Iwan Baan.