How can we design a cycle of community through composting?
CHIPPING AWAY AT POVERTY
THROUGH COMMUNITY DESIGN
designing with the community
This project aims to close-the-loop with the Park Slope Food Coop, the Park Slope Community Help, Inc. (CHiPS), community gardens, and the local government. We designed a self-sustaining program that encourages the reduction of food waste through community design.
Funded through The Pratt Center for Community Development.
Presented at With Empathy and Care: Designing to Improve People's Lives, a panel discussion at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.
designing with CHiPS
CHiPS is a non-profit soup kitchen and shelter, preparing and serving meals to the hungry in the Park Slope neighborhood. CHiPS relies entirely on volunteers and donations from the outside community.
I took a step back and simply, observed. I discovered and was inspired by
CHiPS’ strong community ties with the Park Slope Food Coop and their close proximity to many community gardens.
identifying not necessarily a problem,
but an opportunity!
80% of CHiPS' food donations come
from the Park Slope Food Coop
food is wasted
new food growth!
CHiPS' gives food scraps
as compost to local community gardens
mapping connections & stakeholders
designing WITH a community
While working with the CHiPS' community, the design changed from an object to a system.