Portable Greenhouse for a Local Elementary School Garden
October 2015 | ARC 48200 at Carnegie Mellon University
In collaboration with Zane Birenbaum, Timothy Khalifa, Matthew Radican, Somin Shim and Dingkun Wang
How can rapid prototyping guide the development of functional and engaging design?
We were asked to design and construct a portable greenhouse within 5 weeks by a local non-profit to extend the growing season of an elementary school garden planting bed.
Before diving into making rapid mockups, we met with the client to identify concrete design parameters: These conversations drove the ideation of prototypes developed in the early stages.
1. Create effective microclimates.
2. Ensure maximal accessibility
3. Design simple assembly
Prototyping & Development
After going through multiple iterations, we agreed on producing 4 modules with a swing door to allow for maximum accessibility. The final design (F) improves upon previous options in functionality and performance while refining our aesthetic agenda.