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Grow SpodeThird Year studio design project, tutored by John Sampson of Urbed.
Grow Spode sees a disused plot on the former Spode Works site in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, reappropriated as an urban farming co-operative. Skills from trades and businesses that have become redundant with recent economic changes are re-purposed in a new setting. Food is grown seasonally, sensitively to the varying environmental conditions on different parts of the site, sold from an on-site grocers or served in a rooftop restaurant.
Located on a direct route from the existing town centre to a planned supermarket development, the project aims to momentarily subvert prevailing convenience consumerism by equipping visitors with the skills and enthusiasm to grow some food items for themselves
The building re-purposes two existing masonry buildings on the site, and adds a new steel structure constructed from components of the many redundant kilns that currently lie on the site. Bolted connections and modular construction mean that this structure can easily accommodate future changes of use.
Initially activated by a temporary market, the project imagines the growth and development of the co-operative over time as four different local parties share the site, each contributing their skills to the production of food and the dissemination of knowledge.
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