Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Vertical Farm

The vertical farm is a possible solution to a big problem:

By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth's population will reside in urban centers. Applying the most conservative estimates to current demographic trends, the human population will increase by about 3 billion people during the interim. An estimated 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by the country of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today. At present, throughout the world, over 80% of the land that is suitable for raising crops is in use (sources: FAO and NASA). Historically, some 15% of that has been laid waste by poor management practices. What can be done to avoid this impending disaster?

The projects homepage verticalfarm.com features lots of info and design proposals for the vertical farm like this one below by Blake Kurasek:

Vertical Farm Design

Vertical Farm Design

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(via BoingBoing)


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