Competed in
Cycle 2


  • To build a greenhouse using participatory design in Crescent Town.
  • Engage Youth in practice of architecture/greenhouse science/design
  • Engage Youth in conversations and exploration of healthy eating.
  • To turn this project into a model to replicate in other neighborhoods
  • Have youth design and build a cross-cultural greenhouse

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Crescent Town, a priority neighborhood with the least amount of infrastructure investment in the city, where 10 out of 11 youth in the city say that there is not enough programming for youth in the community (and that the programs they would like to see are around healthy eating and cross-cultural interaction) will benefit from engaging with the process of designing for a community as well as with the education around where their food comes from.

The project will build a greenhouse to not only engage youth in one of Toronto’s thirteen priority neighborhoods in conversations about participatory design, the science of greenhouse architecture and growing food, but through experience – we have found that using design and architecture as a mechanism for engagement in challenged neighborhoods, bringing kids into this seemingly inaccessible discipline.  It is also hoping to respond to emerging issues in this neighborhood.

How will the $25K be used?

$ 12,000 Cost of Construction (est. for 2,500 sq ft.)
$ 3,000 Charrette Costs
$ 3,000 Program Costs (weekly expenditures cumulative)
$ 5,000 Professional fees for architect/designer/insurance
$ 1,000 Scholarships
$ 1,000 Reserve fund

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