The food production methods currently in place are not very sustainable at all. However, we all need to eat fresh fruits and veggies, and effective alternatives, especially when it comes to urban food production, are few and far between. Sure you can grow a few things on your balcony, windowsill, or in a small aquaponics farm, and some skyscrapers even have rooftop urban farms now, but that hardly even begins to cover the demand. But the Danish group Space10 and architects Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm have come up with a clever solution to this conundrum. They propose the construction of food-producing pods in urban areas, which they are calling Growroom. They have already built the prototype of one, which they showcased at the CHART ART FAIR in Copenhagen.
Growroom is basically a spherical structure that features a metal framework, which supports wooden planter boxes that can be used to grow edible plants and herbs. Inside each Growroom there is enough space for a comfy lounge, so they would work great in a public space, such as a park. They could be used as temporary offices, or just places where you can get some shade in the hot summer months. In this way, several small-scale farms could exist in the heart of any city.
It’s unclear what the annual yield of one Growroom would be, or how they would be managed for that matter. However, the main goal of this project was to bring locally grown food into the heart of cities, and enabling people living there to grow their own food. And if enough of them were to be built, they would certainly make a positive impact.