Green Growth Lab

Address
Vesterbrogade, Copenhagen

Client
Copenhagen Citymuseum

Function
Exhibition design

Year
2014

GXN role
Installation design

GXN team
Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, Daniel Philip Veenboer, Christian Henrik Christensen Dalsgaard and Peter Villemoes

Partners
Production: Kuubo, Graphics: Fie Sahl Kreutzfeldt, Maintenance: Lasse Carlsen and Laura Troi

Green Growth Lab

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water rather than in soil. The nutrients that the plants normally receive from the soil are simply dissolved into water instead, and depending on the type of hydroponic system used, the plant's roots are suspended in, flooded with, or misted with the nutrient solution so that the plant can receives the elements it needs in order to grow.

The produce is harvested at its freshest and grown organically, without the need for herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. By customizing the light spectrum, nutrients, irrigation, and climate to meet each the plant’s specific needs it is possible to grow crops 3 times faster that today.

In rotary hydroponics, the plants are placed within a circular frame that rotates around a high intensity grow light, so that no energy goes to waste.

Urban Farming

GXN tries to bring into focus possible solutions for today’s challenges with food insecurity. We are living in a time characterized by rapid urbanization, in which 80% of the land that is suitable for growing crops is already being used. Today the world’s population is about 7 billion people, but it is predicted that this number will grow to more than 9 billion by the year 2050. If we are to continue using traditional farming techniques, we will soon run out of agricultural land to produce food for the growing world population.

Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in or around the city. The idea is to supply cities from the inside with fresh organic vegetables, produced without harmful pesticides and need of long distance transportation.

Produce consumed right after its harvested is more nutritious and tasty, and you don’t have to worry about its carbon footprint and how many kilometers your food travelled to reach your plate.

What’s more; no soil is required and the systems provide year-round crop production with about 10 times less water consumption than traditional agriculture.  By shifting towards urban farming, we will be drastically cutting our energy and water consumption, while restoring farmland to nature and improving our daily diet.

Copenhagen, Denmark
2014

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