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Can we promote sustainability and urban agriculture?

A semester long project interrogating the possibilities of creating a middle school building that promotes both environmental and social sustainability in Carrick, Pittsburgh PA. Carrick currently faces issues with fresh food access and has a negative connotation among other neighborhoods in Pittsburgh because of its constant battle against opioid. The proposed school is seen as a possible community center for its proximal location from the main business district and adjacent to Phillips Park available for large gatherings and activities.

The studio places emphasis on exterior wall detailing and developing an overall structural system for the building by integrating knowledge from both Environmental courses and Structural and Statics course and applying it in a studio context.

Location: Carrick Neighborhood, Pittsburgh, PA

Site Analysis

Community and Cultural context

Neighborhoood Context and zoning

Property Information

Sun Path and Shadow Diagrams


Implementation of indoor and outdoor vertical gardens not only serve as educational tools for students to learn about natural systems it also serves to improve indoor air quality and is linked to the rainwater harvest system.  Public programmatic spaces (administrative and cafeteria) are allocated on the entrance (first) floor with more private spaces (classrooms) are on the upper floors.

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Elevations and Sections

Facade made of majorly wood cladding, ferro cement panels and green wall as accent.

Wall Sections

Final Model

Exterior rendering

Typical classroom interior finishing , expressing structure and different layers of building construction to allow students to discover and learn from.