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Plot is an "on-demand" garden that can be booked by the hour


August 1, 2014

Plot is an "on-demand" garden in Manchester, UK, that can be booked for an hour at a time

Plot is an "on-demand" garden in Manchester, UK, that can be booked for an hour at a time

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Inner city living can often mean cramped accommodation with little access to outdoor space. With this in mind, a project in Manchester, UK, is offering people the chance to book a garden for an hour at a time. Plot is a private urban garden that explores the notion of access rather than ownership.

Plot is part of Manchester's Dig The City urban gardening festival that runs from August 2nd - 10th. The festival features gardens created around the city, pop-up picnics, music, markets and activities for children.

The Plot garden itself was created by digital agency magneticNorth. The project was inspired by the societal shift in preference towards streaming and paying for access to goods rather than buying and owning them. magneticNorth saw that this model could be applied to green spaces where, particularly in cities, availability can be limited.

"Plot explores the idea of turning outdoor space into a service and, like on-demand TV or music, gives people the chance to use a garden at a time that works for them," explains magneticNorth CEO Lou Cordwell in a press release. "When the sun is shining it’s human nature to want to be outside and sometimes you want to enjoy that time in a private space on your terms. We look forward to seeing how people use the space."

The garden is secluded away on the roof of Manchester's Victorian Barton Arcade building. It provides a place for people to read, meet friends and hold meetups, such as for book clubs. There is enough space for group exercise classes and there is also Wi-Fi available so that people can work or simply peruse the web at their leisure.

Plot is free to use and can be booked via its website. It is open from August 2nd - 10th. You can follow what's going on at Plot via its Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Source: magneticNorth

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Stu Robarts Stu is a tech writer based in Liverpool, UK. He has previously worked on global digital estate management at Amaze and headed up digital strategy for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). He likes cups of tea, bacon sandwiches and RSS feeds. All articles by Stu Robarts

It isn't "a societal shift in preference". It is "a shift in what corporations have been offering".

Ownership is still the clear PREFERENCE, where it's an option. The "shift" has been driven by greed and crony capitalism, not market.

When people were given a choice between having a movie they wanted to watch on DVD for 24 hours, or available to stream for 24 hours, for the same price, the majority chose DVD. They can play it anywhere, they don't have to worry about network glitches (or throttling), or timing issues.

On the other hand, where corporations control when and how you watch content, they can charge more. We've already seen this in "pay for priority" ideas, which are directly attributable to the mentioned control.

And this just one of the reasons why we must have net neutrality.

Anne Ominous

@Anne Ominous

Well said! If there is one problem above all others with today's world, it is the power of the corporations, of which the Koch brothers are just an example, albeit a rather unpleasant one.

As for the garden, well, it reflects very badly on those who have, by way of their planning errors, created the need for it. If it only available from the 2nd to the 10th of August, it is neither use nor ornament. I think a first aid kit and an atomic clock might be essential as I can see people fighting over occupancy and vacation at the allotted times.

Mel Tisdale

@Mel Tisdale

I have to disagree with your view that "one problem above all others with today's world, it is the power of the corporations." The problem is the misuse of this power, not the power itself. When this power is misused, it's called "corporatism."

Richard Branson is one of the most powerful corporate leaders on the planet and doesn't seem to be into the abuse of his great power. I could name many others, too, but the point is that not all corporate leaders are the same heartless, money-grubbing scam artists. You do the good guys a disservice when you thoughtlessly lump them in with people like the Kochs and their ilk.

Power is one thing, The way that you wield it, for the greater good or ill, is something entirely different. That's what differentiates the good guys from the bad guys. You may have heard this idea called "ethics."

Please don't confuse "corporatism" with "capitalism." They are not automatically the same thing.

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