Elisa Kim / Spring 2013
The site at Soulard is lined by a red brick wall which was built with the Interstate 55, the highway responsible for Soulard’s becoming neglected since the interstate’s conception. By introducing a greenhouse into this urban context, its purpose became to re-purpose this wall which creates such a destructive divide. The hope is not to rectify the problem of the highway, but to bring some of its benefit to the people of Soulard. In response to the two demographics surrounding the site, families with children and a homeless soup kitchen, the building focuses on growing of vegetables to simultaneously feed the homeless and to teach the children about nutritional eating and cooking.