Colony1

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From Blair Butterfield

An art and environmental research center to foster sustainbility

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Colony1 brings environmental consciousness through the arts and sciences. The center is founded on the belief that responding to the current environmental crises is the singular challenge of the current era. Artists posses astute communication skills that can disseminate existing environmental strategies of reform and preservation, thus the importance of allowing them exposure to contemporary environmental research and practices through an Art and Environmental Research Residencyprogram. The program will pair an artist and research scientist together at Colony1 and allow them to engage with the Miami community and produce a public event, exhibition, workshops or educational series. This public engagement is vital as art’s inspirational capacity can activate the behavioral changes needed to evolve our culture to a sustainable future.

The Center’s design is integrated with the programming, it is aimed at being an educational demonstration of sustainable possibilities for South Florida. The site will be bio-remediated with debris removal, layers of mulching and depending upon soil testing, containments removed. The landscaping will be edible, native and function in a symbiotic relationship with the physical architecture.  The architecture is inspired by many other cities that are showcasing their “green” buildings. Colony1’s architecture utilizes recycled shipping containers and the design is a model from Luis De Garrido’s architectural style, more specifically his R4House. This will be the component that will accommodate the resident living quarters, exhibition space, residency program live/work space, seminar space, zero-packaging food store and administration offices.

We envision the center to be entirely self-sustained, operating with solar and wind energy and integrated into a sophisticated rainwater catchment and filtration system. Also, this particular type of architecture utilizes revolutionary vertical and rooftop gardens for insulation, allowing maximum yield of all surfaces for food production.

Once the public is inspired to move towards a greater stewardship through our programming, our outdoor space will enable us to provide hands on education with our non-Profit C.S.A. (Community Supported Agriculture). With a large organic garden operated by volunteers we will be able to provide free and low cost organic produce shares. Experience with previous garden projects has demonstrated that there is a high demand from the Miami community for this element. More than ever do residents want to grow their own food or buy locally produced food.

  

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