Tom Budd

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The Inglewood Oil Field Community Gardens and Market

The project is situated on the largest urban oil field in Los Angeles. The proposal provides residents with an agricultural superstructure specifically designed to house a diverse range of naturally grown produce. Using geothermal energy acquired from pumping groundwater into unused, capped oil wells, the building creates steam, which it then uses to power and create spaces with specific temperature and humidity related qualities. The building lies on the boundary between the suburban community and the industrial oil field. These contrasting elements are reflected in the building’s design – the community gardens act as a bridge connecting people demonstrating the new ways in which it’s utilisation can be beneficial to the suburban community.


  • Filed under: Student Work 2012-13