Integrative Studio 2: Bridge 1, Project Deconstruction “Guerrilla Gardener”

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my first post for the second semester! In this posting I will be exploring and showing to you through photographs, a mapping of South Los Angeles and the interplay of a growing grass-roots movement in this part of the city titled: “Green Grounds.” The information gathered for this map derives from the TED talk named: “A Guerrilla Gardener,” by Ron Finley. (Although you will see a posting of the key to this map; I will go ahead and further explain the key on the learning portfolio as well- for legibility purposes). Let’s Begin!

Map 1).

The first map is a color-coded image of South Los Angeles’s unchanged state before “Green Gardens.”

Silver Grey: Residential Areas.

Forest Green: Vacant Lots, Yards, and Parkways.

Orange: Liquor Stores, Dialysis Centers, Fast-Food Restaurants, etc.

*white denotes the community as a whole, the rest of the community.

Map 2).

The second map is a color-coded image of South Los Angeles’s formation of “Green Gardens;” how, what and/or whom is needed in its development.

Magenta Pink: Volunteers, people from residential/commercial area.

Mint: Reuse of Shipping Containers, Farmers Markets, Planning, Building, Replacing Fast Food and Liquor Stores.

Dark Blue: Transforming Parkways, Yards, and Vacant lots into “Green Gardens,” Digging with a shovel, Placing Plants/ Seeds, Watering, Mulching, Repeat.

*white denotes the community as a whole, the rest of the community.

Map 3).

The third map is a color-coded image of South Los Angeles’s state after “Green Gardens,” is finished.

Light Green: Green Gardens.

Brown: Residential Areas.

Electric Blue: Shipping Container Restaurants, and Farmers Markets.

*white denotes the community as a whole, the rest of the community.

Map 4).

The fourth map is a color-coded image of South Los Angeles’s effects of “Green Gardens” implantation and five research methods used whilst in progress, and the positive outcomes of this system in the city.

Yellow: Correlation/ Regression Analysis; example- The effects of access to healthy food, and drop in crime level.

Red: Statistics; example- The city transforming their twenty-six square miles or twenty Central Parks worth of vacant lots into “Green Gardens.”

Purple: Observation; example- “Green Gardens” and Shipping Container/ Farmers Market Restaurants replacing the many liquor stores, dialysis centers, and fast-food chains- thereby having a positive effect on the community becoming more educated, and happy.

Light Pink: Analytical/Intellectual Reasoning; example- People realizing that they are saving money by planting gardens, and influencing their life mentally and physically by what they consume, signing a petition against the government to keep “Green Gardens.”

Lilac: Experience; example- People no longer having to drive forty-five minutes away to purchase organic foods, living in more convenience.

Hello, My name is Megan Taylor, I am a returning student here at Parsons; my major is Fashion Design with a peaking interest in environmentalism and animal welfare; I hope to transform the industry someday...slowly but surely. My wish is to combine luxury and aesthetic appeal with the consciousness of how and where it is made along with the idea of what to do with it after use. I have been following my need to create and share with the world art and fashion since the tender age of eleven years old.

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