Still cranking away

Mykel and I first sat down at the beginning of June to envision what the mobile farm stand would look like. Three weeks, two pads of bristol paper, and countless cups of coffee later, the farm stand design is nearly finalized!

During our daily charrette sessions, we worked to find a balance between an iconic design and a functional cargo vehicle capable of carrying 500 pounds of produce. Our initial models and sketches were heavy on tricky mechanized components and all-around, well, heavy.  After consulting our on-call bicycle guru, Joshua Kampa of Arc-En-Ciel Studio, and MIT graduate architecture student Nick Polansky, we worked to minimize moving parts and overall weight while maximizing its visual presence.

Our final scheme utilizes large hinging cases capable of safely transporting 11 CSA bins of produce or displaying six of those bins simultaneously in a market-style configuration.  We’ve also been able to incorporate work tables for the vendor, and an integrated double-sided canopy that also functions as a continuous lid for the cases in transport.

Boston is in the midst of a certifiable heat wave, but we’re not hitting the beaches yet — next up is fundraising, fabrication, and our August launch in Mattapan.  Blue Hill Avenue, here we come!

– John

Working model of the farm stand in “display mode”

Process, process, process

How many bins can we fit? Sketches from the BR+A+CE archives

Canopy options, shown in transport configuration

An early iteration of the integrated canopy

A folded canopy during transport — watch those corners!

The same model unfolds to display a fan-like canopy

Paper study models testing canopy shapes

Mykel re-works an early study model

An early model featuring an asymmetrical display system and canopy



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