Without garden space or a balcony, how can city citizens harvest their own food?
José de la O’s “window agriculture” product explores how urbanites can grow their own food by utilizing windows. A window is the perfect resource for natural light and therefore a great spot for plants to inhabit.
The designer explains:
“With the practice of urban agriculture, the city dweller is trying to secure the need of food and economic security in a certain level, but lack of farming space is increasing. At least two million houses lack gardens alone in the UK. This means that a smart use of space is paramount in the near future.”
José’s design consists of a number of modular transparent pods that are attached on a window, where soil is placed so vegetables, herbs and small fruits can be grown.
Each pod is securely placed on a window with a layer of clear acrylic adhesive. It is unclear whether this adhesive is removable or not. It would be optimal if the pods could be moved around to different windows depending on seasonal light patterns. The design also includes a clever draining system. Each modular piece is equipped with a small tray to strain excess water and funnel it to pods below it.
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