The Foodway project was recognized with a Design Award of Merit from the New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects.
The design work of an alumnus and current student of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design was recognized in December by the New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects.
Jacob Costello (BLA’18), a recent Fay Jones School graduate, and Max Frank, a fourth-year landscape architecture student, received a Design Award of Merit from the New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects for their project, “The Food Way.”
Transforming and revitalizing an abandoned brownfield site at the intersection of Razorback Greenway and North Street in Fayetteville, The Foodway envisions a model system of food production where ecological health, community vitality and social equity all manifest on one farm. accessible city. As the new campus for Tri Cycle Farms, a nonprofit community garden in northwest Arkansas with impacts dedicated to reducing food waste, The Foodway becomes a vessel for the organization’s three pillars: awareness, education and empowerment.
The size of the new site allows Tri Cycle Farms to include space to house its frequent AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, and add multi-purpose parking/event space and a farm-to-table restaurant that expands the reach of the organization to a wider range of people and creates a new source of income. Additionally, all aspects of the site and buildings have been designed to meet the guidelines of the Living Building Challenge, one of the most comprehensive building standards to date.
“As a concept project, our team pushed the boundaries of implementation and constructability,” Costello said. “I think what sets this project apart is the level of attention to detail of form and in particular the sustainable systems that permeate the envisioned site. The Living Building Challenge guidelines are strict, but with the right investments and partnerships, I believe this level of sustainability in a new project is achievable in Arkansas.”
Costello said it was exciting for the project to be recognized beyond typical landscape architecture-focused award programs.
“As an advocate for transdisciplinary work, I see potential for landscape architects and architects to engage in deeper dialogue, to generate complex solutions for the future,” he said. “As a profession, it is paramount that we continue to pollinate and work collaboratively from the start of a project.”
While the proposal was developed by Costello and Frank, the project evolved from a Living Building Challenge (LBC) studio led by Ken McCown, professor and head of the Department of Landscape Architecture. The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification program and sustainable design framework that visualizes the ideal for the built environment.
“The Living Building Challenge gives students a theoretical foundation on how to approach sustainability and resilience, gives them a toolkit for how to do this, and offers assessment measures to help them understand if they are on the right path to achieve their goals,” said McCown. “Furthermore, LBC cannot be solved by a singular discipline; it requires interdisciplinary activity.”
McCown also served as an educational advisor on the award-winning project. Scott Biehle, an assistant professor of landscape architecture education, was an instructor for the faculty.