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Beardsley Community Farm Education Center // Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

Knoxville, TN, United States

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Design-build teaching and learning is an innovative approach to educating architects and making architecture, with the potential to advance both the practice and the academy. Students and faculty from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design worked in partnership with Elizabeth Eason Architects and other professionals and city officials to create an innovative public building for Beardsley Community Farm—a non-profit urban farm.

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

By focusing on meaningful community engagement, students were able to deeply learn aspects of design, craft, and community with profound effect.Beardsley Community Farm promotes food security and sustainable agriculture through education and community outreach. They have operated out of a public park in an economically-challenged urban neighborhood for 18+ years, making do with very limited resources.

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

The Education Center includes interior spaces for a multipurpose classroom, administrative offices, and restrooms. The design minimized the conditioned footprint to add sheltered exterior spaces serving as a welcome center, outdoor classroom, mudroom for vegetable processing, and a modest amphitheater addressing the park.

The design approach is characterized by a series of overlays and contrasts, just as Beardsley Farm is itself a contrasting entity—a farm within the urban fabric.

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

Ideas of the contemporary vernacular are situated at all scales: site, plan, and detail. The design thesis is to create architecture that facilitates the Farm’s outreach mission by making a place for meaningful community engagement. Comprehensive issues of sustainability and craft were critical, as was the emphasis on design leadership and the ethical imperative of contributing to public space.

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

The academically-driven design-build model allowed the project to be completed at a high level of design for minimal project funds on a construction schedule of only 10 months.
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© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

© Elizabeth Eason Architecture, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

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