Architecture For Humanity New York Studio (AFHny) took back a bit of the streets this year with the installation of their socially innovative and beautifully designed ARTFarm project. Located in the Bronx, New York, at first sight we found ourselves completely enchanted by their eclectic installation, which focuses on material reuse and found objects to create an array of gorgeous plant pots. A true exercise in community design, the ARTFarm project pooled a diversity of volunteers and transformed a lackluster space into a destination imbued with community spirit and the hope of providing residents with the tools and knowledge needed to maintain a spectacular and ever-evolving green space.
The transformation of this space is especially relevant as an increasing amount of city dwellers are finding easy access to any sort of green space scarce. The ARTFarm project was funded by Kickstarter, an organization which managed to raise $2,595 for the renewal efforts, and gained 81 backers by presenting their goals and concept with a powerful video. The project also found significant support from the Bronx Museum, the DOT Urban Art Program staff, NYC Parks & Recreation and the NYC Fire Department.