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Architecture Meets Agriculture

Living in the city doesn’t have to equal an automatic lack of outdoor greenery or gardening space.

Perfect for small spaces or places with no outdoor access, vertical design allows the benefits of farming without the farm.

In vertical growing, plants hang while their roots are submerged in nutrients, and the efficient ventilation allows a steady supply of fresh air.

Developed by vertical farming forerunner Dr. Dickson Despommier, the Vertical Farm Project assessed that the population will have grown by an additional 3 billion or so by the year 2050, with an estimated 80% of people living in cities. With the amount of land that will be required for producing extra crops and livestock for food sources, Dr. Despommier suggests the common sense solution of vertical farming.

There are many advantages to this type of growing. Not only can organic crops be sustainably produced, they can also be grown all year long in places where regular farming may not be a possibility, like in between multi-story building complexes. High rise growing techniques can also achieve more yield per acre. For instance, a crop that takes four to six acres of land outdoors may only take up one acre indoors, but may provide more produce.

Vertical growing can also reduce the number of insecticides that need to be used, along with some other usual problems associated with standard farming. Additionally, other complications like soil erosion and run-off from land based agricultural pollutants are non-existent. Further, water naturally recycles itself due to the systematic design.

The technique sounds fairly simple: put live plants near sunny windows in a hydroponically designed garden and wait for them to grow. However, when looking at some of the conceptual and currently applied designs in action, it is clear that all of the modern advances in agriculture, air ventilation, temperature and lighting control are well integrated.

A good illustration of the type of structure and variety vertical gardening carries is “The Living Skyscraper: Farming the Urban Skyline” by Blake Kurasek.

vertical farm structure example

Vertical farms are rising up in large cities and other areas where there is a need for fresh foods but no land space to lend to a farm or traditional gardening area. Perfect for acclimating to what is available, they can be extensive projects or they can be implemented in most small, adequately sunny spaces.

High-rise farming is a resourceful strategy that invites function along with visually captivating properties.

Image Source:

Pyramind Farm by Eric Ellingsen and Dickson Despommier from: Vertical Farm Designs

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