Social environmental zone
01 / 05 / 19
GREEN KNOWLEDGE ZONES (above)
The Green Knowledge Zones are a platform for learning about planting and harvesting different vegetables, and using these to be taught how to cook specific dishes.
Each of these zones grows a different vegetable, some in grow beds (such as onions and chickpeas), and some in hanging grow frames(such as tomatoes and aubergines).
Visitors to the Social Environmental Zone will be able to pay a fee to be able to take part in this health experience, and that fee will fund the teachers in these spaces, which in most cases will be older generations of refugees with agricultural knowledge.
People will ascend to the upper level of the interventions to harvest the vegetables needed for the specific dish that they want to learn to cook. They will then descend into the lower cooking level, and take part in a cooking class. After this, they will be able to sit at one of the outdoor eating spaces
(made for 6 people) and eat with the cooking teacher, gaining even more knowledge while they share a healthy meal
Each Green Knowledge Zone has a different circulation layout, depending where it lies on the site, making each ‘dish journey’ unique.
At the rear of the cooking space lies the room for storage of that specific vegetable. The secondary program of the intervention is to provide boxes of fresh, organic produce to residents of Amman. These boxes will be sorted and distributed from the Bus Station at the base of the Social Environmental Zone. These boxes can be either collected from the bus station, or delivered by the bus service based at the intervention.
In the scenario that the orders are collected, if the collector uses the bus service, they will get a discount off their order, creating an incentive for people to leave their personal car at home and ride the bus. This will in turn break down barriers between the wealthier west and poorer east of Amman.
CROP HOUSES (below)
Each building consists of two houses whose spacial arrangements are mirrored along the central wall. However, the roof space is communal, and spans the length of both houses. This growing space incorporates seven different vegetables, each having its own number of ‘steps’. The two families that own these houses therefore have a platform where they can socialise, and learn about agriculture from one another.The vegetables can be used for subsistence, providing the recommended amount of meals for each member of each family. Alternatively, they can be sold at the souks within the site, and provide a revenue for the household.Residents can gain knowledge from the Green Knowledge Zones, and apply it to their own roof farm, they can also buy/trade speciality seeds from other roof farm owners, forming a roof-to-roof symbiosis.Each house is designed around the requirements for five people (the average family size in Amman).As the interventions augment over the projected 5-10 year period, the aligned existing houses will be retrofitted with roof farms, involving their owners with the Social Environmental Zone’s incentives and goals