The design of the roof and floor are formally similar to the garden plan but result from the optimized of local forces. Rather than constructing a generic structure of like modules, the building is optimized for the specific structural forces in each area of the building. Roof members are spaced according to actual loads and control joints in the floor slab record the actual range of stresses across the open plan.
AIA Central States Design Award jury comment:
“Using non-Euclidean logics that derive from leaf structure, a new organizational system is achieved that works its way systematically through the project from surface to geometry. The center is a sustainable idea, driven and creative in its social impact, and also its potential to develop new social ideas via architecture.”
” A comprehensive urban agriculture proposal that provides an alternate model for land use and infrastructure. The scheme is commendable for being thoroughly researched and rigorously executed.”
2013 AIA Nebraska Merit Award
2010 AIA Central States Region Honor Award
2010 San Francisco Citation Award for Unbuilt Design