On a jetty jutting into the River Thames, they’ve founded Farmopolis, a space to explore how this could work. The project forms the beginnings of a social, technological, and agricultural prototype for urban farming.
By Johanna Derry
Oct 3, 2016
Farmopolis is a project that’s been several years in the making and is still in its early days. Ring is a landscape architect and founder of Wayward, the practice behind projects like the Helsinki Plant Tram, a mobile garden, and the Union Street Orchard, a pop-up forest in south London.
“I’ve spent years looking at different models for green spaces in cities,” she says. “Developers have to put green spaces in when they’re building but often they’re not used, and the cost of managing them is expensive and they’re not very inspiring. I’ve wondered how you could use that money for land that’s activated and productive, that’s a home for wildlife, produces food, and is used by and for the community.”
Ring had the idea of creating a space to experiment with ideas around urban farming several years ago but growing food in cities isn’t straightforward.