Following two summer design/build studios focused on the needs of the non-profit organization Prosperity Gardens phase one of the project got underway this month.
In 2015 and 2016 Associate Professor Mark Taylor directed students as they work 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 the state of part of the building was beyond saving and was really beyond the needs of Prosperity Gardens. This summer that portion of the building, that was in poor condition has been 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.
More information about the project can be found via the following link:
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, the proceeds from which will support Prosperity Gardens work in underserved communities.