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Practice : Spring 2012
Not all Gateway projects are conducted in an urban environment. The Brook Farm Gateway project wa s initiated in 2009 and c ontinued into the Fall 2011 semester. Brook Farm is not far from Boston city lines, but has acres of sprawling untouched land. This project explored the rich history of farming in New England. Master of Landscape Architecture students Edward Adams, Je ssi Flynn, A nna Hines and Master of Architec- ture Student Meg an Rogoff, super vised by BAC instructor Mike Davis FAIA, Bergmeyer, worked closely with local citizen s and the Department of Conservation and Recreation to launch a small scale urban farm in the form of a Community Supported Agricultur e (CSA) non-profit. The original Brook Farm Association for Industry and Education was a Transcen- denta list Utopian e xperiment in communa l living in the 1840’s in West Roxbury. Brook Farm is a National Historic L andma rk that include s 179 acre s of fields , wetlands and woodlands. The goal for the project wa s to return approximately a 1 –1 .5 acre portion of the Brook Farm site ba ck to historic agricultural use. To achieve this, the team designed plans for the New Brook Fa rm, using ArcGIS softwa re to perform site a nalysis and research the topography of the land, soil make up, wetland areas, zoning, utilities a nd endangered species , the team developed a ma ster pla n. To cre ate their final master plan, the team also researched farms of simila r sc ale in the area including Brookwood Farm, Newton Community Farm and Waltha m Fields. They then analyzed the crop area, financial benefits, amenities and public use at each farm site. Incorporating findings from the other local farms and the history of Brook Farm, the teams’ fina l design plans included the ideal location for planting and renovations to the historical Print Shop, the la st rema ining building from the original Utopian commu- nity. The team developed detailed plans for a n education al and interpretive center that focuses on the history of Brook Farm, food systems , u rban home gardening, food preparation, and preservation and more. Brook Farm, West Roxbury, Massachusetts “The BAC student design team provided valuable site analysis work, developed a feasible quantitative program for our project and produced a very credible design scheme. Their ideas about how the foundations of a historic structure on site could help support out educational mission were excellent.” — Mike Davis, BAC Faculty; Principal, Bergmeyer Brook Farm SELECTED SPRING 2012 GATEWAY PROJECTS ■ Urban design and streetscape improvements at the heart of a downtown revitalization project for the Town of Ashland, MA ■ City of Boston’s Food Initiative in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood ■ Franklin Park Zoo second project involving critical animal care ■ First Unity Parish, Everett, MA facility assessment for a formidable 1952 church situated on Everett’s Main Street ■ Existing Children’s Room , West Branch of the Somerville, MA Public Library—development of plans for renovation by architecture and interior design students PRACTICE 33 FEATURE ] GATEWAY INITIATIVE