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GrowingChange's old guard tower becomes a climbing and rappelling wall.
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A meeting with Commissioner Betty Gholston on the GrowingChange site.
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The Hearth is a screened BBQ pavilion.
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Team members repairing GrowingChange's hydroponics system.
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Team members from Group Project and GrowingChange leaving site.
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The brick cell buildings become a museum and conference space.
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Jep Wilson, a local native plants specialist, gives a site tour.
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Group Project and GrowingChange team members doing demolition work.
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The multipurpose hall inside the old group barracks.
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John, a Group Project team member, shears GrowingChange's sheep.

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Group Project helps nonprofits and community organizations navigate the process of transforming decommissioned prisons into radical, socially-minded spaces for their communities.

Across the US, there is a growing inventory of government-owned closed prisons that could be redeveloped into sites of responsible economic and community growth. Local nonprofit organizations can positively reuse these spaces, but do not have the time or skillsets to do so.

Working primarily in disinvested areas, Group Project connects local nonprofits and community organizations who need permanent spaces with governments that own decommissioned buildings. We build trust between these two parties by using our planning and architectural expertise to translate the organization’s mission into a compelling and feasible adaptive reuse proposal.

Group Project was founded at MIT in 2017 by students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Department of Architecture.


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