Fontys ILS Top, 10: Urban Hanging Gardens
What it is:
First found by Kimberly Schouten: ‘Who says apartment owners can’t enjoy the fun and good mood that comes with growing various decorative plants or vegetables? Home gardening is a concept that took off and more and more design ideas embrace this field. Patrick Nadeau‘s aesthetic “urban hanging gardens” are highly practical and easy to care for. The miniature gardens measure 48 cm x 10 cm x 22 cm and each “pot” has a capacity of 1 liter. They consist of two small metal brackets which hold three “pots” of polyester. Due to their shape, the small improvised gardens can be placed almost anywhere in the house. This makes them a fun and vivid decorating idea also.’ Source: Freshome
Why it is cool:
Due to the urbanization of our world, the fact that we more and more live in concrete jungles, the need for smart green interventions grows. Every innovation, no matter how small, makes a difference. These micro-home-gardens are a good example but bigger innovations could also be added. Just Google on ‘urban gardening’ and you’ll find a wide variation of different pieces of eyecandy. Urban Garden Magazine helps you to create your own garden, in spite of the limited space you might have. Vertical gardening is a next step cityplanners use to green up a city (some predict that ‘vertical gardening architect’ will be a profession in 2030). One of my Fontys ILS students from the minor Trendwatching pointed out the green bridge concept where besides apartments is room for gardens and selfsustaining solutions. There‘s much Cool stuff to come when we’re talking about the city of the future. Let’s stay up to date!