Edible Schoolyard / Work AC

Work AC, in collaboration with 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 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: Cilento, Karen. "Edible Schoolyard / Work AC" 21 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 15 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=47183>


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    this is really cool. there are some minor things that I think need development (move the compost bins out into the garden area) but overall this is wonderful.
    I just proposed an edible garden as part of a urban park design for a college and was rejected. I really hope this gets built and more importantly that it gets used.

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    The greenhouse slides out across the yard for times of the year when they need it and then retreats back to become a secondary ‘roof’ for the main enclosure, right? Very inspiring project, can’t wait to see how this turns out in practice. It’d be great if schools everywhere started doing this sort of thing.

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    absolutely a shame that I just learned about this school program just now, but it’s peaked my interest. Showing kids at an early age what good architecture/good education can do for you is key. I’ll definitely have my eye out for this (get built so I can visit!)

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      I aseolutbly hate that idea. There are screens EVERYWHERE. Restaurants, check out lines, even when you pump gas. Now kids have to watch TV at the grocery store??? The AAP recommends NO TV at all for children 2 and under.Aside from the insidiousness of screen time and not being able to get away from it, there’s something else wrong with this picture. How are kids going to learn to make good choices and shop smart unless someone teaches them? And how can omeone teach them if they’re busy watching ,Disney?I do try to shop alone, but I have taken (ALL!) the kids to the grocery, too. Yes, it’s not peaceful. Yes, I have to answer 3 million questions. Yes, I have to say no sometimes. And I don’t always watch the till carefully enough when I have the kids with me. But- that’s because I’m a parent, not because my kids need to watch more TV.

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    I used to go there but now im in eight grade my little brother is in fifth grade at PS 216 LUCKY i still live near there on 29 Murdock ct.

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