Dense, dark and humid spaces are omnipresent in cities. These initiatives in Amsterdam and Seattle show the many possibilities with mushrooms, grown in these places.

They don’t need much light or space, they’re easy to grow and according to this TED-talk, they can even save the world in 6 different ways. Mushrooms sound like a perfect choice for urban farming.

This is acknowledged by the Seattle-based Olsen Kundig Architects, that together with design firm CityLab 7 built a temporary mushroom farm in their monthly changing store front. They call it an educational interactive space and displayed 215 oyster mushroom growbags in an installation built with repurposed materials. Also lectures and discussions are organized to strengthen the community aspect. After a month, an expected 200 pounds of mushrooms will be harvested. The project shows an example of the small scale opportunities for urban farming.

The Amsterdam based mediamatic takes a more prolonged approach with their ‘mushroom paradise‘ on the Vijzelstraat. This paradise houses art exhibitions, lectures, a library with books on mushrooms, a ‘new materials lab’ that explores the possibilities to use funghi as an eco-friendly alternative for plastics and even a sterile ‘clean room’ that enables visitors to learn how to grow funghi. Everybody is invited to drop by and learn about possibilities with funghi from different perspectives.

Both of these initiatives reach new people and will definately speak to those interested in urban farming.

Created on 03 April 2012

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