Philadelphia’s designers are on the hunt for underutilized space. Urban nooks and crannies between buildings, on rooftops, and even within parking spaces are the poaching ground for “green fill” – infilling with functional green space. Moore College of Art & Design is home to one such green fill success, thanks to the creative effort of Alexandria Imbesi, an Interior Architecture + Design student at Drexel University.
Imbesi’s re-design of Moore’s south cafeteria courtyard (at 20th and Cherry Streets) transformed the once vapid dining patio into a vegetated “oasis garden.” Wooden planters and benches made of reclaimed fencing line the rectangular space, punctuated by herbs, perennials, and ornamental grasses. The plants are watered with rainwater collected from a disconnected downspout within the courtyard, thereby adding to the design’s sustainable flare.