Findinbrook Spiritual community

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Drerup, Teresa A.
Laseau, Paul, 1937-
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Thesis (B. Arch.)
College of Architecture and Planning
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The goal of this thesis is the design of a building of approximately 25,000 square feet to house a community of around 20 people who have emigrated from Findhorn, a spiritual commune in Scotland, to the Borough of Brooklyn in New York City, where they intend to continue their work. The site lies at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue, a busy commercial thoroughfare, and Clinton Street, a quieter, residential street, in the affluent, historic neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan.The primary needs of the new community include individual dormitory-style rooms and communal living and dining areas, a top-floor greenhouse/garden, a large assembly space for public functions, and a vegetarian cafe and health food shop. The community is to be totally supporting and as self-sufficient as possible, growing much of their own and the cafe's food, and salvaging all recyclables.