Moore to Transform Cafeteria Courtyard Into Urban Oasis

  • Kelicia Pitts
  • Kelicia Pitts
  • Kelicia Pitts
  • Kelicia Pitts
  • Kelicia Pitts
  • Kelicia Pitts
  • Kelicia Pitts
  • Kelicia Pitts
  • Kelicia Pitts
  • Kelicia Pitts

For Immediate Release
May 28, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA) Moore College of Art & Design has always been committed to being eco-friendly, from using recyclable dinnerware in the cafeteria to installing new energy efficient windows in Stahl Hall and Sarah Peter Hall.

Keeping in line with the College’s green initiatives, Moore is re-designing the south cafeteria courtyard into a “self-sustaining urban oasis,” which will include a variety of seating options and raised gardens featuring herbs, evergreen perennials, and ornamental grasses. There will be two crape myrtle trees in the center of the space.

The re-imagined courtyard was designed by Alexandria Imbesi, a student in the MS Interior Architecture + Design program at Drexel University. The design is based on the winning parklet, or small urban park, Imbesi created for Moore’s network: Designing Green event last fall.

The parklet event welcomed the region’s emerging artists and designers at the forefront of Philadelphia’s urban design and green movements to Moore.

In keeping with her original idea of sustainability, Imbesi’s design will be constructed of 100% repurposed lumber, including parts of the original parklet. Additionally, the design incorporates a downspout collector which can be used to water the garden and a trash/recycling station.

“It will be very green out there,” Imbesi said. “Sustainability was very important to me. Growing up on a farm, repurposing and reusing have always been part of my vocabulary. I wanted to bring some of those ideas to this project.”

The building will start June 1 and should be completed in a weekend or two, she said. 

“This summer Moore students will be working with Alexandria Imbesi to build and install her sustainable design, bringing fruit trees and edible and native plants into a non-smoking environment,” Moore President Cecelia Fitzgibbon said. “We care about students’ health and thought this would be an aesthetically pleasing way to send the message.”

 

Published on May 28th, 2013