I read about a very interesting vision of the future. One that sees traditional “soil-based” farming as unsustainable long-term, and puts forth the idea of urban “vertical” farming, or Sky Farms. Take a look at this op-ed piece, “A Farm on Every Floor,” by Dr. Dickson D. Despommier in the online New York Times. Despommier wrote the book on vertical farming (literally – published on October 12, 2010 as The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century). Time Magazine profiled Despommier in a great piece a couple years back.
But Despommier is not the only one promoting this idea. The exhibition Green Architecture for the Future at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, features some of the same concepts. Vertical farming is a concept that is getting a lot of attention, and it certainly got mine. So I did a little more research.
I found dozens of proposed skyscraper farms from Toronto to Las Vegas and from Dubai to London Bridge (hat tip: inhabitat.com). See some amazing pictures from an Environmental Graffiti article below, and check out their vertical farming slideshow.
Besides the sustainability argument of this model, breathe deep and think of the nice, green, CO2 munching qualities of these urban buildings. Are you a localvore? With Sky Farms, city folk will get food sourced from just blocks away. I don’t know how feasible these ideas are, but I hope we see some jolly green giant buildings taking their places in our city skylines soon.