Magellan Street Garden is a community garden in Algiers led by Tony Lee, a retired electrician, veteran, and founder and Lead Gardener of the Parkway Partners Community Garden.
The Tulane City Center studio worked with Tony to design and construct a shade structure that collects rainwater and uses it to feed a constructed wetland on site. The structure also houses raised beds, tool storage, and ground cover strategies to support Tony’s aim for a community resource and teaching space.
Led by Tulane faculty Doug Harmon and Sam Richards, a team of 12 students worked on the design and fabrication of the garden in 12 weeks. Work began in January and was completed in May of 2013. The team devised a kit-of-parts strategy, which enabled them to build the roof structure, planters, and benches at the school’s shop and then transport them in one moving day. The garden design serves as a demonstration of rainwater collection and onsite water management strategies.
Cecil Howell, Landscape Architect
Walter Zehner, Structural Engineer