Expanding the Omega Gardens

When coming back from Las Vegas, there was a lot of work to be done.  We had met with several professionals that gave us great ideas.  It was the matter of where do we start up again.  I started with the cafe and the omega gardens...  

Our original concept was to draw people to our site with the OG's and I wanted to continue that concept.  My professor Ken McCown gave me a great idea to bring the gardens right up to the side walk.  If I am trying to draw people in why would I have the cafe set back farther in the site.  We wanted people to see the production process happen, to see plants being harvested, we want that factor to draw curiosity to as what this site was.  I couldn't only focus on the pedestrians, I had to think about cars as well.  That's why I extended and wrapped the OG's around the cafe.  Having them be on the north side is crucial because of off ramp right there, it not only helps with the sound but also acts as advertising for Thrive and local business.  My group intends to use the OG's as advertising by having chefs, restaurants and business "own" there very own OG.  By doing this the local community knows who is using Thrives fresh produce, while promoting that business or chef for supporting their food hub.

In this design I expanded the Omega gardens from 11 racks to 30, tripling our production and instead of have a mix of 6 an 8 gardens in each rack, it is now a complete 30 racks with each one hold 8 gardens, giving a grand total of 240 omega gardens. 

 

Avoiding Las Vegas Sun

After visiting Las Vegas it was hot, like really hot.  Until then I didn't understand the importance of shade in LV.  Shade is a crucial part in any design for LV, there can be times if your in fun sun you can burn with in 10 minutes.  If we are trying to have people on the site and have them stay, they will NEED shade.  That is why I started to design shade structures for our design.  In my design process I wanted something circler to represent the Omega Gardens.

In this first design, I went with a radial pattern with 24 spokes, the number 24 represents the number of rows in a omega garden.  With further discussion, my group and I decided that this looked like a ships wheel.  The design was there but just needed a little more tweaking.

In this first design, I went with a radial pattern with 24 spokes, the number 24 represents the number of rows in a omega garden.  With further discussion, my group and I decided that this looked like a ships wheel.  The design was there but just needed a little more tweaking.

With the second iteration, I took away the hanging spokes and added more beams.  With out me thinking, when I added sun and saw what the shadow created I was amazed.  It is as if you are looking into the omega gardens as a perspective.  My original design concept of wanting my shade structure to represent the omega gardens came to life with out even knowing it at first.  

With the second iteration, I took away the hanging spokes and added more beams.  With out me thinking, when I added sun and saw what the shadow created I was amazed.  It is as if you are looking into the omega gardens as a perspective.  My original design concept of wanting my shade structure to represent the omega gardens came to life with out even knowing it at first.  

In the final iteration, I decided to make it structural accrete.  I had the opportunity to do this in one of my other class and thought it would be a good idea to knock out two birds with one stone.  In this new design, each ring is stainless steel, with 2x8 support wood boards, connect with L brackets.  On each board there will be a thin strip of metal on each of the sides.  I did this so it could be relatively similar to the market shade structure.     

In the final iteration, I decided to make it structural accrete.  I had the opportunity to do this in one of my other class and thought it would be a good idea to knock out two birds with one stone.  In this new design, each ring is stainless steel, with 2x8 support wood boards, connect with L brackets.  On each board there will be a thin strip of metal on each of the sides.  I did this so it could be relatively similar to the market shade structure.     

Although this was for another class (LA481-construction class) I wanted to included this.  I looked at how to support the entire structure, at the base and at the top. Through construction documents I'm backing up my design decisions on why I did what for this shade structure, in a more practical design then what I had in the past two iterations.  

Although this was for another class (LA481-construction class) I wanted to included this.  I looked at how to support the entire structure, at the base and at the top. Through construction documents I'm backing up my design decisions on why I did what for this shade structure, in a more practical design then what I had in the past two iterations.  

Las Vegas Boards

These are our preliminary boards we took to Las Vegas with us, just outline what we have for our project so far.  Addressing what our mission, problems and programs are, these will shape our project and where we go from here.  We were trying to hit the guidelines right on the head, but we struggled for a bit to really understand what they were and what we were trying to convey with them.  We are showing basic dimension of landscape elements and areas in our designs.  These boards were a good start but a complete redo will be needed. 

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Las Vegas Site Visit

This site was once a transportation hub and bus terminal for Downtown Las vegas.  It is now home to the farmers market on Saturday mornings.  Initial thoughts on the site was, it was a lot bigger and noisier than I had expected.  Noise is due to the highway being just north of the site, but having the highway so close to our site what makes it perfect for a Food Hub.  The access for food trucks, distribution and the advertising factor are huge for the success of the site.  I really liked the shade structure part of the building, that was also a lot taller than expected.  It had this rustic feel but the repeated columns was very calming for some reason.    

This photo is showing one of the front entrance to the building.  Looking Northeast from the parking lot.  On the right side this is where our aquaponics system will be held.

This photo is showing one of the front entrance to the building.  Looking Northeast from the parking lot.  On the right side this is where our aquaponics system will be held.

This photo is looking Northwest.  In the background is the off ramp for the highway.  This where the cafe and market would go.

This photo is looking Northwest.  In the background is the off ramp for the highway.  This where the cafe and market would go.

This photo is looking South toward downtown.  In the background is the Downtown Grand.  This is the buildings' other entrance, although it's next to an unused road I don't see who would be using the side.  This side of the building will be used for offices and classrooms. 

This photo is looking South toward downtown.  In the background is the Downtown Grand.  This is the buildings' other entrance, although it's next to an unused road I don't see who would be using the side.  This side of the building will be used for offices and classrooms. 

Welcome!

As the second week of school comes to a close, it's time to reflect and try to slow down time.  It feels great to be back at school and with all my friends, especially the LA family.  Catching up and hearing what everyone in LA did this past summer was great.  It's absolutely incredible what everyone did, not a single person had a boring summer.  Just goes to show what a special class we really are.  Getting back to studio and starting in a new room is always exciting but a bit daunting.  

This semester we are located in the Communication building with the 4th year Architecture students.  The two dynamics should be interesting to say the least, but very beneficial.  This semester for studio we are focusing on Las Vegas and the options of creating a food hub.  The past two weeks we have been researching everything about food hubs and what it takes to make one happen in Las Vegas.  My part of the research is focusing on Las Vegas as a whole, while looking at the population, water, the restaurant industry and how those relate to a food hub.  In class we have been making infographics and laying out our research on 11x17 boards.  I'm curious to see what designing we will be doing and what our site looks like.  Which brings me to my next point, VEGAS!  I can't wait to travel to Las Vegas, it won't be my first but it's going to feel that way.  I recently just turned 21 which is a game changer in Vegas, but that's not all that I'm excited about, I'm more excited about the food!  After researching food and all the restaurants, I know where all my money will be going.

 I'm really excited about this semester and all that it entails, learning new things, meeting new people, and enjoying my time at Iowa State University this fall seamster before heading over to Rome for the Spring.