← Back to architecture

Center for Urban Agriculture

Carnegie Mellon University

Second Year | Fall 2016
Studio Coordinator: Josh Bard
Studio Professor: Ben Saks


to develop a building proposal for a new Grow Pittsburgh Center for Urban Agriculture in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. It would serve as a center for supporting gardening, farming, and community activity for the area and the Grow Pittsburgh organization. The program consists of an outreach center for education and community engagement, a barn for tool and equipment lending, and a greenhouse to extend the growing season.

This proposal emphasizes the community engagement branch of the program by focusing on circulation paths and a strong axis through the site. The functions and the axis of the building begins to address the social context of the greater area, by bringing together the different neighborhoods that intersect the site. The rest of the program is divided into the public community, market and cafe area (upper floor) and the more private educational and administrative areas (lower floor). The central staircase and outdoor courtyard breaks through the greenhouses to interact with the agricultural aspect of the building’s program.

Learn about Grow Pittsburgh.

Grow Atlas

Group research on the Neighborhood Planning and History of the North Side in Pittsburgh, PA, including the Allegheny West neighborhood.

Neighborhood Planning Atlas Page 1

Neighborhood Planning Atlas Page 2


Lower Floor


Upper Floor



Longitudinal Section A

Longitudinal Section B

Transverse Section A


Summer Render

Winter Render


Planting Strategy

Diagram: Courtyard and Stair

Neighborhood Zones


Final Model Courtyard

Final Model Detail

Final Model

View North on Brighton Rd.

View East on W. North Ave.

Made with HTML, CSS, & little bit of magic (called Handlebars.js) 😊

Selena Zhen © About Me!