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IKEA'S Open Source Flat-Packed Urban Farm

It's always nice to see businesses showing an interest in the environment. Although, today corporate companies are beginning to recognise the business opportunities urban farming has to offer. One company  in particular;whom I previously discussed in my earlier blog post, is multinational retailer IKEA. I've always enjoyed a little trip to IKEA myself, but after seeing this I am most definitely a fan. 

  Photo by Rasmus Hjortshøj

Photo by Rasmus Hjortshøj

This is an open source flat-packed urban farm. Interesting isn't it? The 'Growroom' as they call it, was produced by IKEA'S innovation lab using 80% materials and products from IKEA stores. After much demand for the product, they decided to make the files available for free, accompanied by a set of instructions that guide users through a 17 step construction process. Perhaps, if you've just about lost it trying to assemble a piece of furniture from IKEA, its probably best you find a professional to cut the pieces of plywood to size.

  Photo by Niklas Vindelev

Photo by Niklas Vindelev

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It was originally created in collaboration with architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm, to explore where we can grow our food more locally. It's free standing pavilion design focuses on making assembly as easy and intuitive as possible, while its overlapping slices ensure that water and light reach vegetation on every level.

  Photo by Rasmus Hjortshøj

Photo by Rasmus Hjortshøj

What I really like about the Grow Room, is that it represents a very serious and practical alternative to the global food model, highlighting how local food reduces food miles and pressure on the environment. I just wish I had my own garden, so I could have one myself.

Rebecca Williamson