Xing Ling Lee
Raffles College of Higher Education, Kuala Lumpur
I have always been alarmed by the thought of food shortages impacting one’s survival and health. Planting traditionally is insufficient to feed and meet the demands of population increase. As a result, introducing an urban farming concept within the Kuala Lumpur city centre will contribute to the supply of more food production and the establishment of a better environment. With the help of technology, my project could be the future of vertical farming practice in the city. Plant Hub has a greenhouse farm that grows the produce to be distributed into the community, sold in farmer’s markets, and supplied to restaurants in the building, which only serves food directly harvested from the farm to the dining table. The blocks of plants in the farm are open for the public, who can invest and grow their crops. Supported by a walkthrough workshop, visitors can learn and build their aeroponics kit under the staff’s guidance. There is a retail section where one can buy an urban farming kit, tools, or system needed for different urban farming methods. On the second floor is a climate room where special species are cultivated, a staff area with two laboratories for them to work.
“When I focus on details, everything turns functionable from sophistication “ - Xing Ling
All visitors are greeted by aeroponics plant surroundings when they step into the premises. The interior landscape plays a vital role in providing a pleasant and comfortable environment. Studies show that plants and their leaves absorb, diffract, and reflect background noises, thereby inducing a tranquil setting. Visual voids create transparency and allow maximum daylight to penetrate through the interiors. Throughout the spaces, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes run through from the ground up to the second level, delivering nutrients for the farming and providing ambient lighting.