Gallery: Winning Design Re-purposes Old Los Angeles School Into an Insp...

Caroline Hadilaksono has re-imagined an old school with her incredible idea to create an urban food center!

As more and more abandoned spaces are being repurposed for urban farming projects, Caroline Hadilaksono has taken a cue from the movement and re-imagined an old Los Angeles Elementary School as an incredible urban food center. Dubbed the “All-in-one ecosystem for food”, the design won top honors in GOOD’s recent competition to re-purpose calling for entries on how to make use of abandoned school buildings across the US. More than just a place to dine, Hadilaksono’s innovative program gives the community a place to grow, prepare, distribute, and consume food in a single destination.

As an illustrator and story-teller, Hadilaksono let her imagination run wild, designing a vertical garden to fully utilize all the available space. The program also features fun play areas that double as fresh vegetable patches; classrooms used for agricultural ‘labs’; cookery lessons to improve food health education; and fun pulley systems to move baskets full of fresh produce. The idea is so comprehensive that it even includes ‘hydroponic farms’ as an alternative to soil farming, and a patroned seasonal cafe sets a nice balance with a non-profit ‘community kitchen’ that supports the local homeless.

The idea centers around the notions of community building, where a space gives people a place to learn how to produce, harvest and sell their goods. Hadilaksono says that there is not much the average person can do to have a “real, lasting, and pragmatic impact” on the food crisis, but that this is one inspiring solution.

Here’s hoping that ‘The Farm to Table Urban Food Center’ becomes a reality.

+Caroline Hadilaksono

+GOOD Competition

Images ©Caroline Hadilaksono


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  1. goldenboomer February 7, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Taking this idea one step further….Research shows that retiring baby boomers (I coined the term Goldenboomers) are moving into the cities. So with your model, you can also create affordable housing for goldenboomers (no need to build wildly, let’s use what we can first before we build new)that also becomes a cornerstone of the community. As a part of retirement senior volunteers are willing to help….hence an on site volunteer force that watches over the buildings, is getting fulfilment by helping and being a vital part of the community. A great idea…perhaps by exploring it more, we can come up with even more and exciting ideas..

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