Productive Economy


Related person
Deborah Georg (studio professor)
Date
Fall 2013
Description
Louisville, Kentucky is a unique city filled with culture and heritage. Downtown Louisville is an up in coming area with many new developments, businesses and destinations that attract tourists as well as new residents to the area. However, just to the west of downtown lays an industrial area that has seen better days. With vacant lots, large parking areas and few areas of vegetation, the space is virtually unsuitable for habitants. Not many businesses exist within this zone, most shocking of which being zero grocery stores. Not only does the half mile diameter site not have a place to buy groceries, but the entire mile and a half beyond the site is in the same ‘food desert’ situation. Due to the lack of food available, the site is nearly uninhabitable. In order to bring in more residents to the area, the ‘food desert’ condition needs to be addressed. By turning West Louisville into a productive landscape not only will there be a steady supply of local food for the area but there will be a more positive and identifiable identity for the community. Within the site there will be many different scales of gardens ranging from independent gardens to commercial gardens. Each scale has a positive impact on the landscape and the community. By arranging the growing areas throughout the site allows for the creation of different zones and elements. Some of these include a food processing facility, central space for community gatherings or farmers markets, an education and community center and new mixed use developments.
Section/Discipline
Landscape Architecture
Degree
Undegraduate
Style/Period
2010s (2010 - 2019)
Course
LARCH 4960
Academic Class
Senior