NORMAN CENTER FOR URBAN FARMING
Design a sustainable and innovative Center for Urban Farming in the heart of downtown Norman, Oklahoma. The proposed center aims to address the growing need for local and sustainable food production, community engagement, and education on urban agriculture practices. The center will serve as a beacon of sustainability and a catalyst for promoting green practices within the urban fabric. Create a multifunctional space that facilitates various urban farming practices, such as vertical farming, rooftop gardens, aquaponics, and hydroponics. The center should support the cultivation of a diverse range of crops while maximizing limited urban space.
WHAT I LEARNED
Balancing the functional needs of complex operations like farming facilities with aesthetic considerations was a challenging yet rewarding task. Incorporating elements like vertical gardens, rooftop farming, and aquaponics systems added a new dimension to my design approach. A large part of my focus on this project was on sustainability. By exploring renewable energy sources, rainwater harvesting techniques, and passive climate control strategies, I witnessed how a building can be both environmentally friendly and economically efficient.