The National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA) hosted their annual conference in Philadelphia during the first week of October. Every year at this conference one day is chosen to be a Community Day of Service. This year, NOMA teamed up with Temple University's Architecture Department to make this day happen in an effort to enhance the Lighthouse urban green space. The project was centered around transforming an urban garden at the Lighthouse Fields and create a better learning environment for the children of the Lighthouse. (For more information on Lighthouse: http://lighthouse1893.org/?view=featured)
As one of a few student leaders heading the design and fabrication of this project from July to October, we designed vegetable signs to aid the students visiting the site to learn about various healthy food options, created an art wall that displayed student work, and cleaned up areas that have been overgrown by weeds and debris.
Our goal was create a safe environment where children of the Lighthouse can come visit their local urban garden and learn about their own produce and healthy food sources.
For more information on this event day of service: http://www.lovenoma.com/index.php/community/