Urban Farm & STEM Educational Center

  • Neighborhood

    Washington Heights, New York
  • Use

    Educational and Community Facility for Urban Planning
  • Client

    • Community League of the Heights (CLoTH)
  • Status

  • Budget

  • Size

    2,585 sf


This proposal calls for the Dorothy McGowan Memorial Community Garden on West 158th St to be transformed into a high-productive urban farm and an educational / community center that serves both students in the nearby Community Health Academy STEM classes and clients of Community League of the Height’s Food Pantry. The facility will be built with re-purposed shipping containers on two levels.   

Exploded Axon showing different programmatic elements.

An accessible ramp from the rear of the Food Pantry on W. 159th Street connects through to the facility and knits the neighborhood together around the idea if healthy fresh food. 

This proposal serves as a connection between the CLoTH pantry and the Community Health Academy.
Crops from the urban farm would be used in school meals and for stocking the food pantry and providing choice to its clients while the connection between the block frees up space that could be used for a local Green Market.