Foodscapes 2: Urban Agricultural Plan for the Fayetteville Public Library

PrizeOfficial Selection in Build (architecture)
CompanyUniversity of Arkansas Community Design Center
ArtistStephen Luoni
Design TeamVictor Hugo Cardozo Hernandez, Shail Patel, Kayla Ho, Lauren Lamker
ClientFayetteville Public Library
CreditUniversity of Arkansas Community Design Center

Foodscapes introduces urban food gardens on the Fayetteville Public Library campus in the downtown core, through a growscape secured between a greenhouse and a food hub that doubles as an event space, a seed bank and an informal gathering to promote food literacy and food/nutrition security. Growing will be curated across novel urban micro-environments that promote discovery, including organic teaching gardens, a temperate food forest, terraced orchards for foraging, a four-season greenhouse with a climate battery, and vernacular growing technologies in espaliers and thermal wall gardens.

The University of Arkansas Community Design Center is an outreach center of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, and one of a few university-based teaching offices in the United States dedicated to delivering urban design work. Originated in 1995, the center advances creative development in Arkansas through design, research, and education solutions. Nationally recognized in public-interest design, the center has its own downtown facilities and 5-6 professional design/planning staff, some who also teach.