Imminent Goals and Renewed Initiative

This past week has proved both successful and challenging as we completed both the midterm presentations and a meeting with a young entrepeneur, Ben Davidson, of the Green Bean Cafe.

Our midterm presentation included some renderings of the space we hope to obtain, as well as a menu draft, and an example of the presentation booklet we have previously discussed creating. We wanted to share the menu below and some renderings below.

A basic look at features we would have on our menu. Including basic and specialty coffee and tea, and sandwiches that would embody our ecologically sustainable practices. Further revisions have already been made, and product research will be needed before we can promise many of the items we hope to offer. Mr. Davidson pointed out that it will be important to understand the produce available in a 100 mile radius, the possibility of shortages, and holding special offers.

The floorplan of The Green Room shown in the space at 30 University Avenue, with single bathroom and storage space at the rear which would be part of the renovations to the building necessary.

View of the The Green Room from a position just inside the front door of the building.

Please note the measurements used for the creation of these renderings were not to scale, a primary goal of the upcoming week.

We have been quite happy with the continued progress of The Green Room and have been increasingly excited and dedicated to the potential of bringing our business to life. We have not however, overlooked the amount of work and legalities involved with such an endeavor. Our meeting with Mr. Davidson was both an inspiring, but stern reminder of the challenges we will face as we continue with our task. We spoke in detail about the requirements and inspections our business will be subject to by health officials, and many of the concealed costs we had not yet uncovered. Mr. Davidson’s passion for what he does is easy to see, and he was hopeful that we are as passionate as him. The main takeaway from the meeting was that we will never stop learning in the process of creating a business, and research will be apart of our everyday for the duration of this process.

We feel enlightened by the information we have gained thus far, and will continue to move forward with the same fervor as we have been. The technical business aspects of the project will be of utmost importance at this time, and we will be utilizing all of the resources at our disposal.

The coming week involves a meeting with 4th year Visual Art and Built Environment student, who also is in the process of researching the metropolitan area of Windsor. We hope to make contact with the landlord of 30 University Avenue as well, and further our discussion with Dr. Mogyorody at the University of Windsor.


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Canadian Tire Eh!

Today we purchased items to assist the Wildflower garden group to begin cultivating the land. Staying within the Green Corridor we went to the Canadian Tire on Huron Church. We purchased 2 large shovels a large pack of gloves and a nozzle to attach to the hose. The products were not difficult to find but we were faced with a difficult decision on whether to sacrifice price over quality. In the end we went with quality. An update on another part of our project is establishing a volunteer base to maintain the garden after we have gone. Manjot contacted “A Place of our own”. They gave us some promising news that the possibility of them assisting with volunteers is high. We also called a number of other community organizations where we left detailed voicemail messages explaining who we are and what we are aiming to do. The signs for both the eco house and wildflower garden are well on their way. All they require is approval from Rod and Justin and a little editing in Photoshop. After class with tools in hand we headed down to the Ecohouse to assist the wildflower group in cultivating the land. There were number of areas on the land that have ingrown weeds. We assisted them in removing the weeds. Today was a far cry from the complete project but a productive day overall.

Working hard or hardly working?

We're not scared of getting dirty!

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From Mind-Mapping to Reality

Creativity and innovation continue to flourish among greenhouse project team members. Beginning with the fundamental requirements of a greenhouse, the team developed several mind-maps branching out into regimes that would appear to have little to nothing to do with greenhouse design. From these branches a list of one hundred seemingly unrelated words was compiled, including terms such as: globalization, discovery, stereotype, fashion, rubber duck, waste, parachutes, community and non-profit. The group will take many of these terms and work to integrate the ideas into our design proposals.

Aside from turning the creative wheels, the entire team has been hard at work planning, designing and researching. By the midterm report on February 25, 2010, the team will be prepared to present five exterior design proposals along with proposed floor plans and options for sustainable systems integration. One of the proposed designs follows the theme of a lady bug as depicted. Elementary research will also be completed on recycled or renewable materials that may be used for construction as well as vegetable or herb crops with the optimum potential for output given the climate in Southwestern Ontario. An initial list of potential sources for project funding will also be identified.

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