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Free Lab x Hope Blooms

A series of participatory design exercises will immerse students from Dalhousie University's School of Architecture in the co-design and community engagement process.

As part of the two-week Free Lab led by FBM’s Design Director, students will conduct mapping exercises to contextualize a variety of project ideas focused on improving the quality of Hope Blooms’ on-site infrastructure. HB leadership and students have identified outdoor gathering spaces, therapeutic environments, and spaces to support business operations through the design of demountable market stalls as viable opportunities for the community garden's expansion.

FBM designed the 1,500-square-foot solar greenhouse pro bono in 2015. It has become a staple of North End Halifax’s social infrastructure, enabling the community to take ownership of their food sources and empower youth through agriculture and culinary programs.

A central goal of the Free Lab is to invite this vibrant Halifax community into the world of architecture and design and vice versa. Workshops and review sessions with Hope Blooms and FBM design staff will support students as they prepare ­final drawings, which can be used to build any of the ideas at a future date.