Food-Producing Architecture Competition Seeks To Better Feed Cities

Food-Producing Architecture Competition Seeks To Better Feed Cities

A design challenge in Copenhagen highlights the need and beauty of urban farming

Jennifer Passas
  • 23 september 2016

The number of city dwellers is on the rise. The United Nations estimates that 66 percent of us will likely live in urban environments by 2050. Along with concerns about climate change, the distance much of our food has to travel has spurred a renewed interest in producing food where most people live. Space 10, a future living lab and exhibition space together with architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm, have co-created a space called ‘The Growroom’ that demonstrates the potential of urban farming.

Situated in the Meatpacking District of Coppenhagen, The Growroom is part of the CHART SOCIAL architecture competition that promotes young Nordic architects and explores the intersection between art and architecture. The idea of The Growroom is to spark a passion and create the potential for city dwellers to grow their own food. The Growroom envelopes guests in herbs, veggies, and edible plants that provide a multi-sensory experience of what it’s like to be surrounded by nutritional food in an architectural space.

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Space 10 envisions a future where we grow much more of the food we eat inside the cities we live in rather than our food having to travel long distances to get to us. The idea that architecture within our cities could become a space where we grow our own food is becoming more and more popular, with urban farms popping up across the United States. Over the past several years, city governments have been working with local stakeholder groups and food policy councils to help cities create urban farms.

Cities such as Detroit, Michigan, Portland, Oregon, Austin, Texas, and Boston, Massachusetts are a few of the leaders in this growing movement.

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