britta riley and rebecca bray: windowfarms
britta riley and rebecca bray: windowfarms britta riley and rebecca bray: windowfarms
jul 13, 2010

britta riley and rebecca bray: windowfarms


windowfarms‘ are vertical, hydroponic, modular, energy efficient, high-yield edible window gardens built using low-impact or recycled local materials such as plastic bottles. since its initial conception by american artists britta riley and rebecca bray through an artist residency at eyebeam center for art and technology, new york in 2009, the project has evolved with the collaborative efforts of other windowfarming end users through more than 12 subversions. its most recent addition is the urban agricultural kits v3.0.

detail of big window farm at eyebeam, july 2009. photo © sydney shen

this farming system works by having water and nutrients drip from the top reservoir through the columns of plants. the added CFL bulbs supplement natural light. inverted water bottles, suspended with fishing line hold the plants growing in expanded clay pellets. a pump at the bottom reservoir turns on for a minute every 4 hours to push a couple of gallons of water to the top of the system.

urban agricultural kit 3.0 release

big window farm at eyebeam, july 2009. photo © lindsey castillo

big window farm at eyebeam, july 2009. photo © lindsey castillo

experimentation with paper root covers

detail of big window farm at eyebeam, july 2009

‘windowfarm’ prototype

‘the first window farm’, brooklyn, may 2009

prototype window farm at eyebeam, june 2009 photo © morgan jones

windfarmer gabriel willow’s garden, july 2009 photo © gabriel willow

britta and rebecca with the first window farm, may 2009 photo © julia makarova.

‘core kit’

the urban agricultural kits, available through the windowfarms, come in different variations starting with the ‘core kit’, ‘classic kit’ for 2 columns and finally the ‘classic kit’ for a more elaborate 4 column garden.

‘classic kit’ 2 columns

‘classic kit’ 4 columns

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