Blossom Community Garden by RISD
Nov. 13, 2011
BLOSSOM COMMUNITY GARDEN
“No ideas but in things.” –William Carlos Williams
The project’s name “Blossom” is a word that holds a compact space and speaks to the work on many levels... to flower, to open up, to bloom, to flourish, to develop into a promising stage, to unfold, to prosper, to succeed, to multiply. As educators, students, and community members, we feel the word holds both an intimate and communal scale.
The site for the project is located along the Blackstone River (333 Roosevelt Avenue) in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Local organizations, city officials, property owners, residents and gardeners worked with the Department of Architecture. The intention of this collaboration was to define parameters leading to the construction of a design scheme that most creatively and economically accommodated the community’s specific needs. The primary users of the project are members of the Chinese Christian Church, elders from the Roosevelt Community Housing complex adjacent to the church, and the children from the Heritage Park YMCA.
The community garden project consists of two open-air pavilions, a community garden and the addition of new landscape elements. The architectural components were conceived to have more than one use.
The upper pavilion integrates raised planting beds into the structure while providing a water catchment roof system, a trellis for vines providing shade, a potting bench, two storage tanks for water and the irrigation of the garden, as well as storage for gardening tools. Interior and exterior seating elements are part of this pavilion.
The lower pavilion integrates a large picnic table under the roof while offering views of the river. An outdoor fire pit for grilling is part of this pavilion. These spaces are to be used for community gatherings.The plan for Phase II of the project is to develop a rain garden to filter runoff water from paved parking areas before it is deposited into the river. This filtration would be done through a combination of landscape components such asplanting elements, berms and swales.
Architecture students: RISD, Department of Architecture, Architectural Design
University: Rhode Island School of Design
Semester: Spring 2011
submitted on 2011.11.09
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