Black hair and entrepreneurship

Jenna Herbert & Mira Shami
ARC605 | Spring 2020

Inspired by the barber shop and braiding culture, in conjuction with a rich history in entrepreneurship, this project works to celebrate these aspects of black culture by identifying one method of growing a small business and allowing for one to work for themselves. The new structure on the vacant lot is a proposed bike shelter for the mobile barber. The barber has the option to rent out a space to conduct work on the site in between home visits. The house, an existing Buffalo Double, belongs to a family that owns a small hair care business. The house works through a serie of phases to grow into a full business that integrates the barber shop, which allows the bike shelve structure to eventually become a public play space for the community.