Restoring a healthy interrelationship with nature
“The intent of the Place Petal is to realign how people understand and relate to the natural environment that sustains us.” International Living Future Institute
Like a flower, the built environment should be connected to the site in meaningful ways, both environmentally and culturally.
Imperatives include: Limits to Growth; Urban Agriculture; Human-Powered Living; and Habitat Exchange.
Design approach includes:
- Building on a previously developed site and attempting to restore the site to pre-human development conditions by mimicking hydrological flow of the area and vegetation and biology native to the region, referencing the Piedmont Forest ecosystem.
- Growing edible plants throughout the site and the roof garden allows students and visitors to pick and eat from the plants. As a part of that system, the project features blueberry bushes and other pollinator plants for the roof and an apiary for collecting honey. Other flowering plants are included that aren’t edible for humans but provide food for bees and other animals.
- Focusing on pedestrian oriented mobility by connecting to pedestrian routes through the site. The Kendeda Building connects to campus bus routes which includes connections to public transportation. Zero parking provided on site. Protected bike-parking will be provided for full-time occupants, students, and visitors. The porch is designed to provide shelter and cover from rain and sun while walking through the site.
- The Habitat Exchange imperative requires that for each hectare of development, an equal amount of land away from the project site must be set aside in perpetuity through the Institute’s Living Future Habitat Exchange Program or an approved Land Trust organization. The minimum offset amount is .4 hectares. A program or land trust will be selected before certification is complete.