Greenhouse Reuse Project
This is our first open source research project. We are keen to encourage students to join us in the studio to build up a portfolio of research that we can use to influence the future of Guernsey's planning policy. Each student attends the studio for a week and either builds on previous design research, or challenges it - allowing them to demonstrate their creative flair and technical competence.
The project Synopsis:
Due to Guernsey’s warmer climate, growing was a successful industry in the 19th Century. Initially to grow grapes in ‘vineries’, these glass structures then grew tomatoes and flowers, which were exported worldwide. As the cost of growing rose in Guernsey during the 1950’s and 1960’s, the UK looked to mainland Europe for importing these goods and subsequently the industry declined in the island. However, the greenhouses remain; defining an important part of Guernsey’s heritage and culture. Presently, the Planning Department class these structures as being sited on Agricultural Land, which prevents any type of development. Sadly, some owners have left these structures to become derelict in the hope that development would be a favoured by the Planning Department. The current Development Plan Review, which is still in progress, identifies a need to address this situation, but is undecided how to approach it. By designing a new use for the greenhouses, we can offer the planning department a ‘vision’ of how the structures can be re-appropriated in an environmentally sympathetic way. This epiphytic reuse should demonstrate how the greenhouses could be enhanced for future use.
Dan Wray: 19th August - 22nd August 2013
David Horton: 2nd September - 6th September 2013