The AfroFuturist Greenhouse

PS logoThe MBAD African Bead Museum has been described as “a true jewel in the city of Detroit”. Simultaneously outsider art, African interpretive cosmology and urban renovation, the walk-though murals and small bead shop draw hundreds of tourists every year. But there is no local RE&ODsource for the beads; “make your own beading” kits and workshops use plastic. This project will combine the African traditions of generative economy with contemporary technology design to create an AfroFuturist greenhouse. The greenhouse structure combines African Indigenous circular architecture with typical hoop-house style enclosure. The interior will grow plant materials for bead creation. It will also supply fresh vegetables and, from an aquaponics tank, fresh fish. By using photoelectric and thermal solar energy, as well as a rainPicture1 catchment system, we can create a small scale model for what could become a broader set of self-sufficient, sustainable urban practices that restore the links between living, making and growing so important to Indigenous traditions.