Architectural Design of Community Scale Markets and Grocery Stores
While chain grocery stores are often seen as the goal of providing food access there are other options in addition to projects such as food carts for providing access to healthy, high quality produce and grocery items. The development of a model that can expand into a chain of locally owned small markets is critical to developing the local economy and providing retail outlets for local and regional small and medium sized farmers.
The community scaled markets will potential be designed as manufactured buildings or built from existing materials such as old cargo containers. The platform for the community scaled markets can easily be replicated in communities in Chicago or throughout the region in communities that lack access to healthy food. The community scale stores will also be designed to take advantage of things such as renewable energy systems while also being centers for health education, cooking classes, etc.
The community scale markets are also perfect for integration into urban agriculture sites and potentially include rooftop applications as well.
See Inhabitat (http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/11/15/cargotecture/), Arch Daily (http://www.archdaily.com/26721/cargotecture-hybrid-architecture-assembly/), Green Fab (http://green-fab.com/blog/).
Green Affordable Housing Design Project
This program area is related to the design of manufactured, modular building design for the community scale markets. Some of the vacant lots are suitable for infill housing and offer the opportunity to design and construct modular residential multi-unit and single family buildings. This program area will also integrate green building, renewable energy and other ecologically sound practices into their design and construction.