The New Sky Farms
The New Sky Farms investigates Inwood as a neighborhood subject to many challenges caused by income inequality, including food scarcity, gentrification, and flooding. In keeping with the neighborhood’s not-quite-urban history, it proposes new nodes of agricultural production and distribution to provide greater access to food and to integrate Inwood within the larger food infrastructure of the city. Taking advantage of Inwood’s manufacturing-centered zoning, expansive plinths raised above the ground offer space for large-scale and long-term agricultural production, storage, and shipping while also anticipating future sea-level rise. These are juxtaposed with public greenhouses, kitchens, and hardware that allow community relief efforts to develop, such as community gardening, food pantries, and community fridges.