Skyscraper and “vertical farm”

Stockton is exploring new avenues for growth. Well, here’s one: an avant-garde Belgian architect has designed a 132-story “urban farm.” His behemoth skyscraper combines dwellings and farms. People, orchards, row crops, cows, chickens, the whole kit and kaboodle.

“The draft structure includes areas for meat, dairy and egg production, orchards, meadows and rice fields along with offices and flats, gardens and public recreation spaces,” a story says.

“Energy is harvested from the Sun and wind, and hot air is trapped between the building “wings” to provide heating in winter. In summer, cooling is achieved through natural ventilation and transpiration from the abundant plant growth.

“Plants grow on the exterior shell to filter rain water, which is captured and mixed with liquid waste from the towers, treated organically and used as fertiliser.

Etcetera. Check it out here. 

Actually, there probably is a workable version of this idea. It need not be grandiose. Why can’t modern hi-rises in the Valley have outdoor farm terraces? Why don’t they capture more wind and solar? Why aren’t there more hi-rises, for that matter? As long as we’re snapping out of our era of sprawl, we might as well incorporate some new ideas for denisty.

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