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The Hothouse highlighting climate change

17 Sep 2020
United Kingdom
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Je Ahn's R'02 The Hothouse at IQL London
Je Ahn's R'02 The Hothouse at IQL London
Celebrated London-based architect, Je Ahn R'02 and his practice, Studio Weave, have created The Hothouse, a large-scale installation located at International Quarter in Stratford, London E20, and is part of The London Design Festival 2020.
The environment of The Hothouse can be regulated and adapted to suit the plants within. Garden Designer, Tom Massey, collaborated with Studio Weave to develop a concept for the planting scheme that includes a vast array of productive plants from all over the world: an edible jungle of exotic and unusual species. 
The crops that will be grown include guava, orange, gourd, chia seed, avocado, pomegranate, quinoa, mango, sweet potato, lemon, sugarcane, chickpea, loquat and pineapple. Scientists predict that if the current rate of climate change continues to accelerate, all of these crops could potentially be grown outside in the UK by 2050 – highlighting the reality of a rapidly changing climate. 
The Hothouse will be in situ for a year, displaying the variance and evolution of plants across all seasons – but also seeking to educate and inspire. The installation seeks to demonstrate the effects of climate change, whilst also celebrating the beauty of plants and humans’ adaptability, ingenuity and ability to overcome problems and create safe and stable growing environments for plants from all over the world. Do go and take a look if you can.

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