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Embrace student Alexi Flanders's greenery

growing your own greens in the living room

Understanding how to use hydroponics to maximise the potential of living in smaller spaces and to increase the sustainability of big cities. 

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growing your own greens in the living room

growing your own greens in the living room

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Understanding how to use hydroponics to maximise the potential of living in smaller spaces and to increase the sustainability of big cities. 

The project

In the minor of embrace we got an assignment from Team CASA to create affordable and sustainable housing for all. And how indoor sustainable hydroponic systems can be a part of housing.

Hydroponic is the process of growing plants indoors without the use of soil. Meaning that you only need water and nutrients! 

The concepts 

Instead of relying on just one idea, I decided to pitch three concepts to Team CASA 

hydroponic lighting

Using a combination of hydroponics and lighting, resulting in the aesthetics of an aquarium with the functionality of a garden.

hydroponic cabinets

A cabinet and hydroponic hybrid that combines storage with hydroponics, seamlessly blending in with the home.

hydro 4 business

This concept revolved around the business applications for hydroponics and Team CASA’s ambition to get into the commercial space. 

After pitching my concepts to TEAMCASA we ended agreeing to develop the hydro 4 business concept further. This concept will result in Team CASA being able to sustainably grow vegetables for commercial use. Therefore I decided to create a detailed business plan for my final deliverable as well as a working prototype of the farm. 

Prototyping

I brought my concept to reality by trying to create an actual working hydroponic farm. This prototype ended up working better than I expected. What I ended up creating was a semi automated hydroponic system that is sustainable and energy efficient. 

Reflection

Doing this project gave me the unique opportunity to put my hands on solving a real world problem. By doing this I was forced to step out of my comfort zone and explore different ways of thinking, designing and building. Both with the results (of my research, business plan and prototype) as well as my personal growth I am proud to say that the project has been a complete success. 

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Alexi Flanders

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