Project name: Royal Horticultural Society
Module: Urban Ecologies
Location of site: Worsley
Plants are more remarkable than humans
The planet has lost a third of its arable land due to pollution and erosion in the past 40 years. The combined effects of over-cultivation and heavy fertiliser use have depleted soil at a rate that far outpaces the earth’s natural ability to recover. Climate change and extreme weather events have accelerated erosion, exacerbating the situation. The dramatic loss of fertile land comes at a time when the demand for food is rising: by 2050, food production will need to increase by 50
Since soil is not necessary, sustainable farms can be established virtually anywhere – in the desert, on city rooftops, and even on top of contaminated land.
A new set of technological advancements is needed in order to sustain the agriculture industry.
This new learning and research centre helps to move closer to achieve a sustainable future.
The module was lead by Stephen Hodder, were I was working on this project at the architectural practice Hodder+Partners. The project consists of three main elements (Learning Centre for RHS, Greenway and a Folly), that combined as an assemblage.