Greenhouses for the city: Spaceplates
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A greenhouse is a contained quantity of air and light which extends the growing season and enables the thriving of plants otherwise alien to local climate. It creates a bubble of super-nature, where growth otherwise impossible becomes possible. Even though almost completely transparent and thus in direct visual contact with its context, the smell, temperature, humidity and taste of things are of a different character than just outside the thin membrane. The greenhouse enables different kinds (or quantities) of food, but also different experiences of climates and atmospheres. The SPACEPLATES greenhouse is placed in public space on Krøyers Plads. It is an example of how food can be produced within the city. Because it is light-weight, easily constructed and moved, and because the overall size and form can be adjusted to any available plot of land, the greenhouse has the flexibility to be placed anywhere where people have the need and desire to grow food for a season or more. The land which is now occupied by one-family houses in the suburbia surrounding all Western cities was once the farming land for the production of food for the city. As the building of the suburbs has pushed farming land further and further away from the city, our food production has become increasingly industrialized. Today the connection between the land of the suburbs and the dinner table of the city has almost disappeared. The SPACEPLATES greenhouse makes local food production possible for anyone who has the desire to grow and eat their own food.

Anne Romme is an architect and educator based in Copenhagen, Denmark. After studying mathematics, art history and architecture in Denmark, Anne moved to New York where she was living and working for eight years. Returning to Copenhagen in 2009, she now runs an independent design and architecture practive in close collaboration with the artist group N55. Based on a strong belief in the fact that our build environment influences the way humans relate to one another, they are currently collaborating on developing alternative building systems using geometry, contemporary technology and light weight construction. Anne holds a B.Arch. from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union, an M.Arch from the Aarhus School of Architecture, and an M.Arch.II degree from Princeton University School of Architecture. Anne is the Head of Programme of the bachelors degree programme at Institute for Architecture and Culture at the KADK School of Architecture. Prior to establishing her own practice, Anne was collaborating with Fiyel Levent of Fiyel Levent Atelier, New York. Other professional work experience include DillerScofidio+Renfro, Francois DeMenil Architect, PeiCobbFreed&Partners, and Agrest & Gandelsonas Architects. Anne has been teaching at he Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, The Aarhus School of Architecture and at the Princeton University School of Architecture. She has been on architecture juries at the GSAPP at Columbia University, at Pratt Institute, at City College, New York, the School of Architecture in Oslo, Norway and at the EPFL, Switzerland.
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