Grand Acres Community Garden Design Competition

Eligible: students, professionals 
Register: 30 April 2010 / Submit: 3 May 2010 
Registration fee: 15$ 

The goal of this competition is to create an identity for Grand Acres, a community garden in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven. Grand Acres is one of the community gardens owned and managed by the New Haven Land Trust (NHLT). The goal of this design competition is to create an identity and a sense of unity and permanence for Grand Acres that could also serve as a model for other community gardens around the city.

The Challenge

The challenge of this competition is to design an element or a series of elements that can be constructed with volunteer labor to give the garden a sense of permanence.
Elements that may be considered include, but are not limited to:
  • Seating
  • Signage
  • Rain water collection systems
  • Tool sheds
  • Fencing
  • Planters
  • Walkways
  • Patios
There is a budget of $750 for materials. All labor will be volunteers, so designs should be straightforward and simple to construct.
Teams are also encouraged to explore reclaimed and salvaged materials. Such as tires, wood pallets, oyster shells and should include brief explanation of potential sources.
Entries will be judged on:
  • Program
  • Strength of concept
  • Construct-ability
  • Durability
  • Sustainability
  • Aesthetics
  • Usability
  • Budget
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