This weekend, grab a bowl of popcorn, pop in Citizen Architect and park it on the couch for a couple hours – you won’t regret it.
Citizen Architect is a documentary film on the late architect Samuel Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program known as the Rural Studio.
Hale County, Alabama is home to some of the most impoverished communities in the United States. It is also home to Auburn University’s Rural Studio, one of the most prolific and inspirational design-build outreach programs ever established. Citizen Architect is a documentary film chronicling the late Samuel Mockbee, artist, architect, educator and founder of the Rural Studio.
Citizen Architect explores Mockbee’s effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Revealing the philosophy and heart behind the Rural Studio, the documentary is guided by passionate, frank and never-before-seen interviews with Mockbee himself.
The first large-scale, community-run, rooftop garden in the United States recently opened on top of the Mercer Street Parking Garage in Seattle. The UpGarden development represents an innovative new approach to urban agriculture by converting almost 30,000 sqft of a fifty year old parking structure into a vibrant community garden in one the city’s densest neighborhoods.
The project was funded by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch program. Throughout the design process, Kistler | Higbee Cahoot collaborated with community members in several design workshops, to generate a garden design and organize a volunteer-led construction process. Constructed in 2012 largely through community efforts, the new garden created over 120 new garden plots for nearby residents while also providing a habitat essential creatures like honey bees and birds.
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Located in East London (United Kingdom), What Will the Harvest Be? is more than a garden: it’s an horticultural and social experiment. Conceived by Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, the project invites anyone to participate both in the free garden club sessions, occurring three times a week from March to the end of October, and in the little events. The gate is always open and the produce is distributed among the gardeners as well as through an honesty stall on site.
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