Gallery: A Student-Designed Community Garden Sprouts in Rhode Island

The garden pavilion's butterfly roof funnels rainwater into two catchment barrels for garden irrigation.

A throng of Rhode Island School of Design students recently unveiled a beautiful new community garden in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Over the past few months, 72 first-year architecture students have designed and constructed a public event space and garden to be shared by the neighboring YMCA, elderly housing development, and church. Thanks to a rainwater catchment system and beds built from reclaimed pine, the project has a minuscule environmental footprint. But what’s truly sustainable about it is how it connects neighboring residents to nature and to each other. The garden just opened on May 26, and we were on the scene to bring you all the details of the green project.

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