MAKE LEMONADE CAPSTONE PROJECT
September 2017 - March 2018
This is a year long design capstone project. The first of two semesters has been spent gathering secondary and primary research and insights on Franklinton, Ohio. Through interview, survey, observation, behavioral mapping, and affinity diagramming I have determined the immediate and long term needs of the Franklinton neighborhood.
Based on this research I have determined one of the greatest challenges in this area to be access to food. This manifests itself various ways in the community, sometimes as an economic challenge and sometimes as a physical proximity challenge. Another challenge that this neighborhood is facing is the loss of a unified, collective voice. With many changes occurring in the downtown area, many residence of East and West Franklinton feel unnoticed and unheard. Limited access to nutritionally inadequate foods will not suffice. The backbone of every community starts with well-fed, healthy individuals who feel driven toward a sense of purpose. This problem can be addressed by building a grocery store, which will provide access to fresh, healthy food. In addition to the grocery store, there will be a gathering space for new and existing community organizations. This provides a safe and comfortable area to meet and organize, allowing the soul and spirit of the community to continuously thrive.
Food insecurity means having a lack of access to enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle for the entire household. This problem can be addressed by building a grocery store, which will provide access to fresh, healthy food.
By having a zero-waste initiative, the store is able to offer a weekly free community meal from the food that the store would otherwise be throwing away.
Giving Back to the Community (In the Kitchen)
In addition, there will be a gathering space for community members. This provides a safe and comfortable area to meet and organize, allowing the soul and spirit of the community to continuously thrive. The kitchen on the second floor is a shared space that is used to host the zero-waste community meals.
Library and Lounge Space
This space is located on the second floor, above the grocery store. This is a shared space that the community can use and that the design firm located on the third floor. Having a space like this gives the community extra resources and it also gives them an oppurtunity to network with the design firm, so that the design firm working within the Franklinton community has clear sense of issues that matter to the residence.
Having a variety of work and meeting spaces creates productivity and adaptive workflow for the design team.