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GROW BAGS: Urban Gardening hits London

Posted By Jon Dioffa On July 5, 2008 @ 5:00 am In Gardening,Landscape Architecture,Urban design | 4 Comments

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The re-branded [2] London Festival of Architecture [3] is now in its second week of it’s calendar of over 600 events [4]. The Grow Bags: Urban Allotments [5] installation, produced by What If Projects [6], 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.’

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With an innovative approach to urban self-sufficiency [7], the Urban Grow Bags [8] 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 [9] 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 [10] and Gareth Morris [11], 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?

+ Grow Bags [8]
+ London Festival of Architecture [3]
+ What If Projects [6]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/05/lfa-2008-grow-bags-urban-allotments/

[2] re-branded: http://www.designweek.co.uk/Articles/138770/Design+celebrated+at+London+Festival+of+Architecture.html

[3] London Festival of Architecture: http://www.lfa2008.org

[4] over 600 events: http://www.lfa2008.org/events.php

[5] Grow Bags: Urban Allotments: http://www.lfa2008.org/event.php?id=57&name=GrowBags%253AUrbanAllotments

[6] What If Projects: http://www.what-if.info/

[7] urban self-sufficiency: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article4225138.ece

[8] Urban Grow Bags: http://www.what-if.info/VACANT_LOT.html

[9] describes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48w7yEexs_U

[10] Ulrike Steven: http://www.what-if.info/Ulrike.html

[11] Gareth Morris: http://www.what-if.info/Gareth.html

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