From pure concept to practical, designers propose visions of how urban living might look.

A highlight of this year’s IDS12 show in Toronto was a special exhibition exploring living ideas for small spaces. Six different Canadian design firms were each tasked with creating a concept room within a two-story structure built out of shipping containers. The exhibition contained elements relating to sustainability, food traditions, local heritage and creative use of small spaces.

Fresh City Farms, an Ontario organization which helps people start urban farm businesses set up a mini garden at the entrance to the exhibition. FCF operates farms of their own and have a greenhouse located in the geographical center of Toronto. Within a few four by eight foot plots, they demonstrated how to grow an entire fresh vegetable section from a grocery store.

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