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The Silo Project

The silo is an iconic feature of Stubbekøbing. Historically, many people have worked here, it has been important for the shipping of grain products, and it is a landmark that has connected the agrarian landscape with the development of the town. The silo is a historical element in the city that can be seen from the Storstrøm Bridge, but it has been empty for a long time and has, among other things, been a place for young people to hang out. Today, the silo has been abandoned and sold by DLG to a local association “4850 Stubbekøbing”. They have big visions for the silo as a place that combines artistic philanthropy and culinary business.

But how can the silo project be a facilitator for life at the harbour and help revitalize the town? What are the potentials for bringing life to the harbor? How can local food production be an element of this?

To explore the potential of the silo project to revitalize life at the port, and the city in a broader sense, we work with mapping the city's historical roots and the port's development in terms of business, tourism, activities, associations and local food production. Through creative placemaking, mythogeography and a focus on the role of art, the project explores how to retain the port culture and site-specificity while undergoing a comprehensive revitalization.

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The city is characterized by its status as a market town. This identity has great potential to be further developed at the harbor area in interaction with art and cultural development.

The silos contain many square meters available for use for various activities to help strengthen life at the port. From a tourism perspective, the viewpoint and artistic and cultural events of national and international caliber can help make the city a new hotspot on North Falster. At the same time, the buildings can be rented out for local activities for schools and associations in areas such as visual arts, maritime life, crafts, food education and communal dining.

The potential of silos for creative place-making

Historically, agriculture and fishing have left a deep mark on the city. The silo buildings at the harbor have played a role in the processing of both grain and fish. Today, both the surrounding marine environment and agriculture are under threat and both have experienced a decline in employment. At the same time, there are many local initiatives experimenting with new forms of sustainable and local food production.
 

The Silo project can contribute to highlighting initiatives and rethinking the relationship with food. In addition to art exhibitions, a food laboratory and communal dining can be established with a focus on the Falster region's site-specific cultivation of roots and vegetables. Food stalls and farmers' markets at the harbor can further recreate the harbor's historical identity as a food hub.

Local food production at the harbor

The analysis was carried out by bachelor students in geography at Roskilde University in connection with the course Geography in Practice Fall 2023.

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