Nomad Gardens: A Modular Moveable Feast for Vacant Lots
Community gardens in San Francisco that will seamlessly roams from one vacant lot to the next
By Stephanie Houston
Apr 18, 2003
NOMAD’s first site is well-positioned along what will be a retail corridor, in a lot currently slated as a park. The layout includes both a shared community plot as well as over 200 individual plots. A service zone provides a rinse and compost station, rainwater storage collection, and shipping containers that can be used for tool storage. The location of the shipping containers also provides a branding and artistic opportunity to the street-facing side.
Every piece of the garden is designed to move; each component will be located on a platform allowing it to be placed on a flat bed truck and relocated within a day or two. We prototyped a solution made of pallets. But because shipping pallet sizes are not consistent in size, it took us four hours and four people to build it. We knew there was a better solution, so we have been working with an industrial designer to create a beautiful solution that meets our needs of sustainability, durability, and most important transportability. We’ll be taking any opportunity to used reclaimed components; for example, the benches for our site will be reclaimed timber trusses from the developer’s soon-to-be-demolished warehouse.
NOMADgarden’s mission is to develop a community garden in the mission bay, San Francisco neighborhood that seamlessly roams from one vacant lot to the next as development evolves, helping residents to continue gardening and giving land owners assurance that their property will be available when that time comes. The transportable NOMAD system will comprise of components that will sit on top of shipping pallets (raised bed, storage containers, rain barrels, compost, rinse station, seating, etc.) and when the time comes, placed on a large flatbed truck and relocated to a new site within a day.