Are Skyscraper Farms Part of the Solution? (S2)

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With a skyscraper farm, the idea is that one can control the environment and manner of producing crops.  Unless the building is wiped out by tornado or earthquake, vertical farms have the potential to reduce weather-related crop failures.  And with modern engineering, one could set up an elaborate system of rainwater reclamation and filtering to avoid water runoff pollution.  Plus, skyscrapers go everywhere.  You could have towers in Tokyo, London, Shanghai, Dallas, or where ever, growing organic goods.  Locally-produced organic goods sans the transportation premium and carbon emissions–now that has the potential to be disruptive!  Vertical farms use artificial light and with the right combination of renewable energy power a building, I could see this being a legitimate endeavor.  Experts suggest we’re about 15 years away from realizing something like this, but hey, it’s not one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard. 

The above image is the Living Tower by Pierre Sartoux.  The first level below the jump is Gordon Graff’s SKYfarm.  The second level is the Vertical Farm by Chris Jacobs.  Link for background story; link for images.

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::"S2" is short for "Skyscraper Sunday," a weekly article on green skyscrapers posted every Sunday::


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  • http://www.zerochampion.com Phil Clark

    Very interesting idea. Also has the potential to be flood proof. I wonder what the additional budget for adding so much greenery is.

  • sheila

    the concept is great! and by the way it could not only reduce the weather-related crop failures, this building could be in the city and its not difficult to travel the harvested crops.

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  • http://www.livingtower.new.fr piet

    more information here : http://www.livingtower.new.fr

  • Stephen

    I really want to see further progress on this concept because I think this is could be a solution to are rising food shortage…I am involved in a campaign to build the first functioning tower: http://www.thepoint.com/campaigns/vertical-farm-in-new-york-city

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