An exhibit documenting bronXscape, the 2008 student project of the Design Workshop at Parsons The New School for Design, will be on display through Nov. 23, 2008, at the university's Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, located at 66 Fifth Avenue in New York City. The student-designed and -built rooftop garden caps a recently completed apartment building in the Bronx, operated by the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, for young adults. BronXscape derives its name from the idea that it would offer residents "a retreat and escape" from everyday stresses.
Located at 1323 Louis Nine Blvd. in the Bronx, the NCS Young Adult Residence provides 46 housing units for individuals aging out of foster care programs. The rooftop garden's formal plantings of native vegetation—including bearberry, coneflower, wintergreen, birdfoot violets, a wall of moss, and reed grasses—combine with paved and gravel paths and quiet corners for contemplation. The garden also provides residents with the opportunity for vegetable and flower gardening—from planting and cultivating to consuming and composting.
BronXscape's built elements include raised planters, integrated benches, lighting, and a semi-enclosed, covered pavilion, constructed from an assortment of steel, Polygal, pressure-treated pine, and black locust wood. Students fabricated all the components in the Design Workshop's studio space. The 4,500-square-foot roofscape is designed for continual, year-round use. Food preparation facilities are incorporated into the pavilion, and a 6kW photovoltaic array is integrated into its canopy to offset some of the building's electrical load.
Visit the gallery exhibit through Nov. 23 for more details or visit the Design Workshop's Web site.