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Red Hook West Urban Farm

by Simon Yuen on Oct 7, 2015 in Architecture
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Red Hook West Urban Farm was open to visitors 

Red Hook West Urban Farm in Brooklyn, New York, which is a working farm on public housing property developed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) as part of the Urban Agriculture Initiative,  was opened to visitors as part of the month-long Archtober design festival in New York City recently. Designed by architect Gita Nandan and landscape architect Elliott Maltby from thread collective, the site is a representation of thread collective's work in urban, agriculture, green infrastructure and resiliency.

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The landscape design overlays existing, informal pedestrian paths over the east-west orientation, which is optimal for growing fruits and vegetables.  The design yields a dynamic pattern of planters and gathering spaces. However, it is not only a site showing thread collective's work. The one-acre farm serves as a site of education, job training, and community engagement.

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Red Hook West Urban Farm will be replicated on at least five other sites.

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