Note that one of the recipients of the Gingertown confectionary campus project is So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E), which has a feeding facility on the unit block of O Street NW.
DC Design Community to Build Enormous Gingerbread University
November 5, 2012
A university town fashioned from gingerbread, licorice whips, gumdrops and icing will come to life November 26th in the seventh annual Gingertown, a celebration of the creativity, generosity, and civic spirit of the Washington-area design, building, and real estate community.
Founded and hosted by David M. Schwarz Architects, Gingertown’s confectionary campus will take shape in four short hours at 1133 Connecticut Avenue, NW, where it will be on view all week until November 30th, after which it will be disassembled. Individual buildings, along with cash contributions, will then be donated to area charities.
Designed to a university theme, this year’s Gingertown will feature buildings such as the I.M. Pez Library, the Cadbury Egghead Library, The Peppermint Patty Performing Arts Center and the Swedish Fish Boat House.
Architects, engineers, building contractors and others will erect the “town” of more than 50 individual structures, which will be built by teams of two-to-ten members, who will imagine and construct a succession of imaginative university-like structures with building materials donated by DMSAS.
Additional Gingertown programs will be built and celebrated in Nashville and Dallas this year as well.
Gingertown’s university master plan allows individual designers and teams to be creative as they build essential college-appropriate structures trimmed with chocolate, frosting, sprinkles, jelly beans, and other edible (and sugary) building materials. More than 250 pounds of gingerbread, 100 pounds of icing, and ten pounds of gumdrops are used to create this sweet downtown.
Past Gingertown buildings have been designed by David M. Schwarz Architects, Davis Construction, AIA|DC Emerging Architects, PageSoutherlandPage, Bowie Gridley Architects, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ), SmithGroup, Cunningham|Quill Architects, Esocoff & Associates, Grimm + Parker Architects, Torti Gallas and Partners, WDG Architecture, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF) Architects, and many others.
Following their assembly at Gingertown, the hand-crafted structures are donated and put on display at local hospitals, health care facilities, and community support organizations to help spread the message of joy and hope during the holidays.
Recipients of this year’s buildings will include: St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, So Others Might Eat (SOME), Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, Martha’s Table, Children’s National Medical Center, the Washington Home and Community Hospices, and Deanwood Rehabilitation and Health Center. All sponsorships and other monies raised by Gingertown are donated to the recipients of the structures.
Sponsors of Gingertown 2012 include PageSoutherlandPage, Walter P Moore and WDG as well as James G. Davis Construction Corporation, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, Studio 39 and GTM Architects.