Project Team: Renzo Piano (Architects), SWA (Landscape Architects), ARUP (MEP), Rana Creek (Living Roof)
*Hyphae Founding Principal Brent Bucknum designed this project on behalf of Rana Creek Living Architecture
The Harmony project is a renovation and adaptive re-use of a historic building in downtown Louisville into a living laboratory; the intent is to create a vibrant urban ecosystem whose architectural programming and ecological design bridge the gap between humans and nature. The design is driven by goals of ecological and human health and structured by an integrated, iterative design process.
Hyphae Design Laboratory together with The North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District (NOMTL-CBD) has embarked on a campaign to improve access to public bathrooms. The ecological toilet planned for 2014 will have features such as composting, graywater reuse for the passive irrigation of planted trellis screens, urine nutrient cycling for plant health, and solar panels for lighting and power.
After conducting an extensive six-month community research process, Hyphae Design Laboratory developed a 90-page Public Toilet Masterplan that includes a comprehensive, neighborhood-wide toilet survey conducted by a local resident, input from hundreds of community members, three preferred toilet locations, and schematic design guidelines that meet ADA compliance (http://issuu.com/hyphaedesignlab). The Public Toilet Project is funded in part by a Community Challenge Grant and a Community Development Block Grant.
"Landscape as drug is our concept," says Brent Bucknum, the founding principal of Oakland, California's Hyphae Design Laboratory. It's his way of explaining how he and his team, which includes ecologists, engineers, and landscape architects...