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Locating community gardens with Laundromats increases access for women who have little extracurricular time to participate in healthy living activities. By integrating gardening, exercise, and health education into an already utilized space, we can help bring these services to populations that need them most!

Locating community gardens with Laundromats increases access for women who have little extracurricular time to participate in healthy living activities. By integrating gardening, exercise, and health education into an already utilized space, we can help bring these services to populations that need them most!

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Julia commented on The Laundry Garden

Hi Kirk, I started looking up some of the wind drying you mentioned and found a competition funded by Levis!
 http://myoocreate.com/challenges/care-to-air-design-challenge#view_entries_

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Julia commented on The Laundry Garden

Hi Maia,

I saw it as a local business with community benefits. I think it can be small or expand to include other services women need like grocery stores, doctors offices, day cares, libraries. In this way, the Laundromat can be a local business catalyst to leverage other community infrastructure, whether it's other local businesses (grocery stores) or public amenities (libraries). I would be ideal for the Laundromat/Garden to be managed and owned by women, especially when located in low-income communities. That said, this goal does require assistance and structure, as you mentioned. This could be made possible either through government grants or, for new business owners, micro-finance loans, or a combination: a woman starts the laundry business with a loan and a government grant provides the water treatment as long as a community garden is maintained. It could even be run by a group of women, similar to village loans where several people contribute to payments. The programmatic side of a design like this is key.

Partnering with existing local businesses who have some extra space or an empty lot is a great idea, and could be a good way to pilot the project. Thanks, Maia

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Julia commented on The Laundry Garden

I was at the Laundromat yesterday and was thinking about your comment! This design would definitely require a careful ventilation system and some distance or separation between the dryers and the treadmills, otherwise it's going to be a hot mess!

Also, we could use the generated heat in the colder months for a green house. There may be other good uses for the heat as well. Thoughts?

Thanks Quyen!