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Three stacked black and white illustrations shows pedestrians walking by vacant storefronts with graffiti across the boarded up facades.

Canal Urban Farm

The project intended to re-vitalize the underutilized spaces (vacant commercial spaces) to provide food, gathering space, and solution for lead contamination. Along Canal Street, commercial vacancy is increasing, and the number is significant. This project proposes emptying each vacant ground-floor commercial space to create an urban farm. The extracted concrete, brick, and asphalt are then used as a subterranean material to be installed beneath the roadways or sidewalks at different sites. Clean soil from the Clean Soil bank will be transported to the sites to support the urban farm. Crops raised at these urban farms, which employ UV lighting, are consumed by the communities in Manhattan. The project re-purposes the vacant units as urban farms and creates material circulation, therefore reducing carbon emissions.