MOBILE STUDIO: LOCAL FOODS, LOCAL PLACES with TUSKEGEE PARTNERS!

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Mobile Studio’s proposal “Made in Macon, Homegrown in Tuskegee,” just won a technical assistance grant called Local Foods, Local Places from the White House Rural Council. The collaborative project will work with local partners of the Macon County Food Pantry to create a community kitchen & garden business incubator, and local fresh food truck system. Tuskegee was one of twenty-six communities selected to participate in the Local Foods, Local Places Initiative.

Local Foods, Local Places is a Federal Creative Economic Development Program funded jointly by the EPA, the USDA, The DOT, CDC, ARC and DRA. “Made in Macon, Homegrown in Tuskegee” uses the Mobile Studio methodology to foster meaningful dialogue and advance design solutions to develop an implementable plan for promoting local foods, enhancing the downtown Farmers Market and main streets, and extending access to healthy foods through civic infrastructure in Tuskegee, Alabama and the surrounding region.

Mobile Studio is honored and delighted to partner with Dr. Raymon Shange at Tuskegee University Carver Integrative Sustainability Center and Tony Haygood with the Tuskegee-Macon Community Development Corporation. Shange brings an expertise in sustainable soil and water systems, and directs student outreach organizations focused on food security and community gardens. Haygood and the CDC work with local contractors and businesses to connect professionals, students, and community members through on-the-ground project development and educational workshops. Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of this unique entrepreneurial collaboration focused on community food health and celebration.

Birmingham X Birmingham: Design Journey

This short film is a spark to ignite the Birmingham, Alabama/ Birmingham, England trans-Atlantic design exchange through Mobile Studio’s: Station to Station platform. These two cities share an intertwined history of industrial power, and manufacturing capability, as well as a commitment to renewing these traditions by design in the 21st century.

The film explores the role of creative industries in urban place making and regeneration. The goal is to connect community transformation projects and interested citizens with the universities and businesses that create a route for talent into work in our city and region, to create and enhance quality of life. This is a matter of expanding access, overturning barriers, inviting dialogue, and celebrating innovative achievements.

Design Week Birmingham of Alabama http://dwbhm.com/, meets Birmingham Made Me of the Midlands, UK, http://birmingham-made-me.org/, and through collaboration and co-creation, aims to expand the network of participants and opportunities.

 

Dakota Dreamin’ is Live!

The Dakota is a new model neighborhood that will bring the best of Auburn’s local slow craft qualities together in a unique community setting. Featuring a riverside performing arts stage, native plant rescue nursery, harvest gardens, and wildcrafted galleries, the Dakota is a place you’ll want to stay past sunset.  Mobile Studio partnered with Developer and Custom Builder, Michael Murray, in fall 2013 to dream a bright future for the Dakota. Led by Professor Jocelyn Zanzot, Master of Landscape Architecture, students explored the potential of the Dakota as a sustainable and aesthetic neighborhood from the macro-scale of the 78-acre site within its urban context to the micro-scale of the home garden. The collaborations featured in this short film will be cultivated  and extended this spring as we build the first phases of this delightful neighborhood in north Auburn, between the city and the Saugahatchee!