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Edible Schoolyard / Work AC

Work AC, in collaboration with Edible Schoolyard NY and the Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Foundation, is designing a new schoolyard for PS216 that will offer the young New Yorkers a different learning experience.   The Edible Schoolyard is designed as a series of interlinked sustainable systems where the building will produce energy and heat, collect rainwater, process compost and sort waste with an off-grid infrastructure.

More images and more about the school after the break.

The school includes a kitchen classroom and mobile greenhouse where children are brought together in a learning environment that also promotes eco-friendliness. The roof of the kitchen classroom, a room that provides the facilities for up to 30 students to prepare meals together, channels rain water for reclamation.  The mobile greenhouse extends the growing season by covering 1600sf of soil in the colder months and gardens will allow the children to care for plants.

A systems wall, a series of spaces that include a cistern, space for composting and waste-sorting, solar batteries, dishwashing facilities, a tool shed and a chicken coop, rests on the opposite side of the yard.

The project is a great way to introduce sustainable methods into children’s lives at an early age.   The “edible” element will definitely pique children’s interests and help the next generation realize the importance of the eco-friendly movement.

All images courtesy of WORKac

Cite:Karen Cilento. "Edible Schoolyard / Work AC" 21 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/47183/edible-schoolyard-work-ac/>