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GROW BAGS: Urban Gardening hits London
Posted By Antonia Halse On July 5, 2008 @ 5:00 am In Gardening,Landscape Architecture,Urban design | 4 Comments
The re-branded  London Festival of Architecture  is now in its second week of it’s calendar of over 600 events . The Grow Bags: Urban Allotments  installation, produced by What If Projects , showcases a ‘formerly inaccessible and run-down plot of housing estate land transformed into a beautiful oasis of green. Seventy 1/2 tonne bags of soil have been arranged to become a space for growing food, socializing, picnics and BBQs.’
With an innovative approach to urban self-sufficiency , the Urban Grow Bags  concept takes London one step closer to achieving it’s potential of producing 25% of it’s own food. The Vacant Lot Project in Shoreditch has been ongoing for two years. One resident describes  how he initially spent £6.00 (about US$12.00) on seeds, which have produced ’200 lettuces, cucumbers, beetroots galore, spring onions..’ so many that he shares them with his neighbors as they share their crops with him.
Headed up by Senior Lecturers in Architecture at UEL, Ulrike Steven  and Gareth Morris , the project ‘promotes the use of vacant, neglected and undefined spaces in the inner city of London for the growing of vegetables.’ With hundreds of thousands of disused spaces and flat roofs ready to be converted into urban lots in London, what are we waiting for?
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 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/05/lfa-2008-grow-bags-urban-allotments/
 re-branded: http://www.designweek.co.uk/Articles/138770/Design+celebrated+at+London+Festival+of+Architecture.html
 London Festival of Architecture: http://www.lfa2008.org
 over 600 events: http://www.lfa2008.org/events.php
 Grow Bags: Urban Allotments: http://www.lfa2008.org/event.php?id=57&name=GrowBags%253AUrbanAllotments
 What If Projects: http://www.what-if.info/
 urban self-sufficiency: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article4225138.ece
 Urban Grow Bags: http://www.what-if.info/VACANT_LOT.html
 describes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48w7yEexs_U
 Ulrike Steven: http://www.what-if.info/Ulrike.html
 Gareth Morris: http://www.what-if.info/Gareth.html
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