New York, NY


Edible Schoolyard PS216

Started by activist chef Alice Waters in Berkeley, CA, the Edible Schoolyard Project integrates organic gardening and cooking into public school curricula. Since 2009, WORKac has worked to bring Edible Schoolyards to New York City students. 

Architectural learning tools, WORKac’s designs for Edible Schoolyard NYC engage a child’s sense of curiosity through material and form, encouraging children to think about the way the building, its systems and the surrounding garden work together, and through that, to reconsider their own relationship to the environment.

At P.S. 216, a half acre of parking lot was transformed into a vibrant teaching garden. The building is composed of three interconnected programs expressed as separate parts: the blue rubber “systems wall” that reveals the sustainable infrastructure, including the cistern for the water reclamation system; the “decorated shed” of the kitchen classroom and offices, and a greenhouse that allows gardening classes to continue throughout the year. 

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Status: Built
Location: Gravesend, NY, US
Firm Role: Architects
Additional Credits: 2009-2013
Principals: Amale Andraos + Dan Wood
Project Architect: Sam Dufaux
Project Team: Jason Anderson with Lisa Bianchi, Michael Blancato, Mette Blankenberg, Dina Braendstrup, Tobias Herr, Anna Kenoff, Cyril Marsollier, Anne Menke, Jesung Park, Mike Robitz, Maggie Tsang
Structural: LERA
MEP: Plus Group LLC
Lighting: Tillotson Design Associates
Contractor: NESCO, Inc.
Photos by: Iwan Baan, Bruce Damonte