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Cultivating Community at the Cascade P-Patch

Course Instructors

Eric Higbee

Course Date

Spring 2016

Course Type

Advanced Graduate Studio

Course Description

This studio focused on community-based design processes and the complexities of urban agricultural landscape design. Students immersed themselves in the theory and practice of the burgeoning urban agricultural movement, and they toured a variety of Seattle sites and meet the people behind them.

The site is Cascade P-Patch in Seattle’s Cascade Neighborhood, a complex urban site with adjacency to a proposed green street, playground, park and youth facility. Students learned about best practices for participatory design, and then planned and conducted a community workshop with the P-Patch gardeners. The community’s feedback was a starting point for individual or group studio site design projects. Final designs were presented back to the community, and assembled in a booklet for their use.