Space10 ‘The Growroom’ is made with financial support from Raaschou and Tradium and created together with architects Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm, interaction designer Thomas Sandahl Christensen and gardener Sebastian Dragelykke, Tradium and Raaschou
Have you ever wondered how tons of food appear in our cities everyday? Where it comes from? How it gets there? And why it's so cheap?
The answer is that we have created an astonishing food production system. A system where we are able to secure loads of inexpensive food everyday, by producing food on a massive scale, store and transport it, across oceans and continents, to the world’s cities where it’s eventually consumed.
But our cheap food come with an additional prize. The system is driven by scale, chemicals and fuel. It puts massive pressure on our dwindling supplies of fresh water and requires loads of resources for production, transport and cooling. Disturbingly one third of the food we produce also goes to waste due to spoilage and overproduction.
Imagine if we if we diversified our production methods. If we started growing more food inside our cities where people actually live. Urban farming is already booming. People grow food in their apartments, on rooftops and in community gardens. IKEA has just presented “window farming equipment” as a product - enabling the many people to become small scale farmers. We’re on the vanguard of something very exciting. Cities are starting to feed themselves.
Even more exciting; new technologies have made it possible to take urban farming a step further. Enabled by hydroponic systems, artificial lights and computerised automation we are able to give plants exactly what they need of water, minerals, oxygen.
This means, plants can grow 4 or 5 times faster than in a field. Using 95 percent less water, producing much less waste, and without the need of soil nor sunlight, the method requires much less space than traditional farming, and ultimately leaves a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.
The result on our dining tables is just as fascinating. We can produce food that tastes better, is much more nutritional and healthy for us, doesn’t contain chemicals and is fresh all year round.
The perspective is captivating and the reason why we’ve built The Growroom. We want people to explore this groundbreaking opportunity for all of us.