Summer Design Studio Takes Root: Prosperity Gardens Phase One Underway
In 2015 and 2016 Associate Professor Mark Taylor directed students as they worked side by side with those at Prosperity Gardens to understand what needs they had and how a building could support their urban gardening activities. In 2016 a schematic design was developed that would utilize the derelict building the Champaign Police Department used to keep evidence of crime in. After studying the building, it became evident that part of it was beyond saving and was really beyond the needs of Prosperity Gardens. This summer that portion of the building was demolished. Once funding has been secured, numerous internal and external renovations will take place, including the additions of bathrooms, an office, and space for a walk-in cooler. Learn more about the plans.
In addition, earlier in the year Associate Professor Mark Taylor in collaboration with Art + Design Associate Professor Eric Benson and Graphic Design graduate student Natalie Smith received a $17,468 grant from the paper company Sappi to promote Prosperity Gardens’ outreach activities and produce a recipe book. Its proceeds will support the work of Prosperity Gardens in underserved communities. Read more about the grant.