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Students design sustainable community garden space

Students design sustainable co...
Huerta del Valle Community Garden serves local low and middle income people in the Ontario, greater Los Angeles region
Huerta del Valle Community Garden serves local low and middle income people in the Ontario, greater Los Angeles region
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Currently, events held at the community garden take place in tents, but students Hana Lemseffer, Necils Lopez, and Kirill Volchinskiy spent a year designing amenities and buildings for the garden
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Currently, events held at the community garden take place in tents, but students Hana Lemseffer, Necils Lopez, and Kirill Volchinskiy spent a year designing amenities and buildings for the garden
The amphitheater will be used for weekly meetings
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The amphitheater will be used for weekly meetings
A Kickstarter campaign was launched to help financially with building a kitchen and playhouse structure, constructed from two modified shipping containers
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A Kickstarter campaign was launched to help financially with building a kitchen and playhouse structure, constructed from two modified shipping containers
The team also plans to build a shaded structure that will house tools and materials, and sport a solar panel array
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The team also plans to build a shaded structure that will house tools and materials, and sport a solar panel array
The team aim to raise a total of US$17,000 to fund the scheme and in the future would like to explore expanding to other derelict plots of land in LA
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The team aim to raise a total of US$17,000 to fund the scheme and in the future would like to explore expanding to other derelict plots of land in LA
Huerta del Valle Community Garden serves local low and middle income people in the Ontario, greater Los Angeles region
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Huerta del Valle Community Garden serves local low and middle income people in the Ontario, greater Los Angeles region
The library and classroom plan makes use of excavated soil with rammed earth walls, topped by a timber roof, covered in greenery
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The library and classroom plan makes use of excavated soil with rammed earth walls, topped by a timber roof, covered in greenery
Students Hana Lemseffer, Necils Lopez, and Kirill Volchinskiy spent a year designing amenities and buildings for the garden
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Students Hana Lemseffer, Necils Lopez, and Kirill Volchinskiy spent a year designing amenities and buildings for the garden
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Architecture students from California State Polytechnic University recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to support their local community garden. The team's innovative plans include the use of rammed earth construction, recycled shipping containers, and solar power.

The Huerta del Valle Community Garden serves low and middle income people in the Ontario, greater Los Angeles region. Locals pay US$10 per year to rent a plot of land measuring a 20 x 10 ft (6 x 3 m) in which they can grow their own vegetables. Another section of the site produces veggies to sell, with the money raised going toward running costs.

Currently, events and meetings held at the community garden take place in tents, but students Hana Lemseffer, Necils Lopez, and Kirill Volchinskiy spent a year designing several new amenities and buildings. These comprise an amphitheater, library and classroom, a shaded structure, and a shipping container-based kitchen and playhouse.

Currently, events held at the community garden take place in tents, but students Hana Lemseffer, Necils Lopez, and Kirill Volchinskiy spent a year designing amenities and buildings for the garden
Currently, events held at the community garden take place in tents, but students Hana Lemseffer, Necils Lopez, and Kirill Volchinskiy spent a year designing amenities and buildings for the garden

The amphitheater will be used for weekly meetings. Volchinskiy told Gizmag that its construction will involve excavation, with car tires used to retain the soil and make seating. The library and classroom, meanwhile, will make use of the same excavated soil with rammed earth walls, topped by a timber roof, covered in greenery.

"Rammed earth is a construction method which can yield compressive strengths comparable to those of concrete," explained Volchinskiy. "It's possible to reinforce the construction with a re-bar lattice cast into the foundation, making earthquake safe buildings. Typically 10 percent cement is mixed with soil and other aggregates are necessary to stabilize the earth. It creates a very hard wall, comparable to concrete in terms of touch."

The team also plans to build a shaded structure that will house tools and materials, and sport a solar panel array that produces electricity for the site, with the surplus being fed back into the grid.

A Kickstarter campaign was launched to help financially with building a kitchen and playhouse structure, constructed from two modified shipping containers
A Kickstarter campaign was launched to help financially with building a kitchen and playhouse structure, constructed from two modified shipping containers

The Kickstarter campaign was launched solely to fund the kitchen and playhouse structure. This will be constructed from two shipping containers modified into semi-outdoor spaces with ample ventilation. The containers will feature heavy canvas curtains to protect them from harsh sun and rain, and should be suitable for use in summer and winter during daylight hours, said Volchinskiy.

The students hope to raise $17,000 toward the scheme and in the future would like to explore the possibility of expanding to other derelict plots of land around LA.

Sources: Huerta del Valle, Kickstarter

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piperTom
Have I got this right? Their "innovative plans include [done before], [done before], and [more done before}." Yeah, I'm impressed.