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Jonathan Gan

BA Product Design

As a designer, I ground my work in research-based solutions. I let function come first and inform the form, with a focus on simple solutions. I enjoy tackling complex problems and working from the brief to the finished prototype.

Raised Garden Unit

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Community gardens play an important role in educating the public, strengthening community bonds, providing physical and mental health benefits and much more. There is an opportunity in cities to shorten the food supply chain by growing locally on the plentiful unused land, particularly within cities in this increasingly urbanised world. The problem is that starting community gardens is complicated, confusing and requires expertise in building raised bed, which makes it difficult to secure grants and gain permission from landowners.

The raised garden unit aims to remove the obstacles to starting community gardens, growing in urban landscapes and growing during increased extreme weather events. It requires little experience and few tools to assemble and rows can be built to any length, making it scaleable to any plot size. The bed is raised to waist height for wheelchair access and to reduce strain injuries. The beds are also wide and deep enough to grow most greens, but thin enough to comfortably access the centre for easy gardening. Excess water drains away to storage for use in the drier seasons, helping to reduce reliance on the water system during the increasingly dry summer months.

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