Circular City + Living Systems Lab

June 1, 2020

SYM: Ballard Community Hub

SYM is a mixed-use community hub exploring the mutually beneficial relationship between a commercial aquaponic operation, an industrial ceramic workshop, and housing within the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The SYM project proposes a synergistic resource flow between these different programmatic elements to create a vibrant, resilient, and productive urban landscape. Centered around a public courtyard, the main programs include an industrial ceramics workshop, restaurant, produce store, office space, housing, and commercial rooftop greenhouse. SYM is designed around the inextricable linkages between food, water, and energy resource flows in the city, and addresses this through a unique programming hybrid.