Monday, February 16, 2009

Farmers in the sky

Spiraling Skyscraper Farms for a Future Manhattan

As the world's population continues to skyrocket and cities strain under the increased demand for resources, skyscraper farms offer an inspired approach towards creating sustainable vertical density. One of three finalists in this year's Evolo Skyscraper Competition Eric Vergne's Dystopian Farm project envisions a future New York City interspersed with elegantly spiraling biomorphic structures that will harness cutting-edge technology to provide the city with its own self-sustaining food source.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice design, but hardly realistic. (Though I suppose that was not a requirement of the competition.)
If you want to grow stuff in the city, why not start by putting gardens on rooftops, seems a little bit more practical.

Mac said...

@Anon.

Rooftop gardening has already begun; farming might be the next logical step, although not on the kind of scale envisioned in the design.

Intense said...

"Self-sustaining"? Hardly. Wholly unrealistic, architectural design student eye/mind candy.

See some of the pragmatic objections in reader comments following the article at the link.

Justin said...

Every time I see a sexy though convoluted design such as this, I can't help but hear James Howard Kunstler laughing off in the distance.

Anonymous said...

There should be plenty of formerly valuable commercial real estate available for such an experimental approach.

Michael