'Vertical farm' blossoms at meatpacking plant Greens and mushrooms grown at the Plant with homemade sauce and bread by Carla, the plant's mycologist. John Edel is building a zero waste veritcal farm on Chicago's South SideIt has bakers, fish farmer, tea brewer and other farms working with each other to use wasteEdel hopes this will show other businesses the ease of adapting to green initiatives (CNN) -- An old meatpacking plant on Chicago's South Side is being transformed into an eco farm, which its founders says will produce food sustainably, while creating zero waste. American entrepreneur John Edel is the founder of "The Plant," a vertical-farm initiative that he hopes will show people the ease of adapting to green food production in urban living environments. A vertical farm is an urban agriculture concept whereby food is grown in and on top of buildings in city areas.
Eco Skyscraper Generates Power Using Three Renewable Energy Systems The 10 MW Tower is an eco skyscraper and renewable energy generating machine that harvests wind and solar power. A 5 MW wind turbine sits at the top of the building harnessing the wind, while the power of the sun is collected via a 3 MW concentrating solar system plus a 2 MW solar updraft system. Designed by UAE-based Studied Impact, this 50 story skyscraper will put out 10 times as much energy as it needs, pumping renewable power back into the Dubai electric grid. Studied Impact, headed by architect Robert Ferry, is also responsible for designing the Almesien Tower, another solar concentrating skyscraper. Ferry’s newest design is planned for the Al Quoz neighborhood in Dubai, and would be located on an empty lot with clear access to sunlight on all sides. Renewable energy systems have certainly been incorporated into buildings before, but never on such a grand scale.
1 Million Pounds of Food Per Acre?! Ultra High Yield Solar Powered Vertical Aquaponics System MISSION STATEMENT & PROJECT GOAL: Build an aquaponics system which maximizes crop yield per square foot and share that design under an OPEN SOURCE license for anyone to improve upon, modify, and use for producing organically grown food in their local area. The ultimate goal of building and improving this system is getting as close as possible to an annual crop yield of 1 Million pounds of organically grown food per acre. UP TO 20 TIMES THE CROP YIELD PER SQUARE FOOT (or more): I’ve designed a self contained vertical aquaponics system which MAXIMIZES the annual food yield per square foot of land to 20 times or more than traditional flat farming row crops. 100sqft FOOTPRINT: Each module covers a horizontal area of only 100sqft which means almost anyone can build one of these modules in their back yard without taking up much space at all. 2000sqft VERTICAL GROW AREA: Each module has a vertical grow area of 2000 square feet.
Plantagon Breaks Ground on its First 'Plantscraper' Vertical Farm in Sweden! Several years ago a Swedish-American company called Plantagon unveiled plans for a series of massive skyscraper greenhouses that stood to transform urban farming in large cities. While the spiraling vertical farms seemed too good to be true at the time, Plantagon broke ground on its very first vertical farm a few weeks ago in Linkoping, Sweden! The "Plantscraper" will grow and supply fresh vegetables while creating solutions to some of the most vexing city pollution issues. The design that was finally decided upon for the first Plantagon is no longer a sphere but an elegant tower - click through our gallery to see it. Plantagon seems to have traded in its initial geodesic dome design for a sheer tower that both contains and showcases the plants growing inside.
Floating Resort on Artificial Island Represents Best and Worst in Sustainable Development This water resort proposed for Qatar is a unique mix of floating homes and artificial islands, and is a project that exemplifies both the best and worst in 21st century development. Designed by the Giancarlo Zema Design Group, this new design anchors itself with a series of hotels set on artificial islands. However, after the hapless sinking of Dubai's artificial archipelago, The World, it’s hard to imagine projects like this passing the grade on sustainable development -- if they are possible at all. The project is anchored by an artificial oval island, where sculpted resort towers connect to an underwater hall that provides fascinating views of the sea world. Jetties feed 80 floating houses called “Jelly-fish”, which feature an underwater viewing room in the belly. Guests move about in electric vehicles or on the water in yachts that burn clean hydrogen, and a series of underwater halls give visitors an intimate experience of the sea from below.
Growing Skyscrapers: The Rise of Vertical Farms Together the world’s 6.8 billion people use land equal in size to South America to grow food and raise livestock—an astounding agricultural footprint. And demographers predict the planet will host 9.5 billion people by 2050. Because each of us requires a minimum of 1,500 calories a day, civilization will have to cultivate another Brazil’s worth of land—2.1 billion acres—if farming continues to be practiced as it is today. That much new, arable earth simply does not exist.
studiomobile: seawater vertical farm mar 05, 2009 studiomobile: seawater vertical farm ‘seawater vertical farm’ by studiomobile image courtesy studiomobile during the last two years italian architectural firm studiomobile have been working in the united arab emirates, developing housing projects and infrastructure projects. 'Earthscraper' concept hides a 1,000-foot skyscraper underground The folks over at Mexican architecture group BNKR Arquitectura call this thing an "earthscraper," and the reason why should be obvious: it's a monstrous, beautiful, 65-story inverted skyscraper that hides a mini city underground. Designed to be built smack-dab in the center of Mexico City, BNKR's Earthscraper wouldn't ruin the skyline there (though, really, who would object to something that looks like this?) and is designed in such a way that it would incorporate Mexico's history in its design. The top ten floors — which, here, would be the "bottom" ten — is a museum and cultural center dedicated to the Aztecs. Below that you've got retail space, then apartments and finally, deep underground, businesses. Because, you know, that's where business do their best work.
Is a 60-storey skyscraper the farm of the future? How to get local produce in the city? Look up. Illustration by Peter Mitchell. Growing up - is vertical farming the future? Are high rise farms, vertical farming, and urban farming the solution to feeding our growing population? More and more architects, politicians and urban planners are latching on to the idea that something radical has to be done to feed the world’s rapidly growing cities in the coming decades. And not just cities, what about the world’s increasing arid zones, and areas of depleted farming land? What about the pressures to control carbon emissions and reduce food miles? These questions have led us at Valcent Products in Cornwall to design VertiCrop – a vertical growing system which is now selling worldwide. With it, you can produce over 500,000 lettuces per annum in a 250m2 greenhouse, using much less water, much less energy, and no pesticides in the growing process.
Natural Pools or Swimming Ponds Natural Pools or Natural Swimming Ponds (NSPs) Let nature clean the water... Chemical-free water garden and swimming pool. The plant portion, or regeneration zone, is separated from the swimming area by the wall seen a few inches below the water’s surface. www.naturalswimmingpools.com The pools have skimmers and pumps that circulate the water through the regeneration zone and back into the swimming area.