Opportunities for Urban Agriculture: Balcony Hydroponics in Thessaloniki Public
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The economic crisis currently in Greece has led to adverse health impacts as people are more frequently choosing inexpensive foods over fresh vegetables. Local residents of Thessaloniki would like to participate in urban agriculture to grow their own fresh vegetables, but suitable land is scare in this densely populated metropolis. We evaluated balcony hydroponics within Thessaloniki, in collaboration with Dr. Athanasios Gertsis of Perrotis College. Utilizing an iterative, human-centered design approach, we devised three hydroponic systems that are cost, time and space efficient. These designs provide potential users with a variety of options regarding aesthetics and function.
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