If you’ve been keeping up with events in, well, the world, then you know that urban areas are growing at exponential rates as the world’s population rises incredibly quickly.
According to the UN, the world’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050 and that will leave about 70 per cent of the population living in dense urban areas. While this might conjure up some wild, Blade Runner-esque images of the future for the more sci-fi minded among us, there’s currently a lot of research being undertaken into how to realistically cope with so many mouths to feed — even though some of these solutions end up looking like they came straight out of sci fi movies and novels.
Vertical farming proponent and Columbia University professor, Dr. Dickson Despommier has said that benefits include no weather related crop failures due to droughts, floods, pests, avoidance of the use of pesticides or fertilizers, and a relatively minimal footprint due to transportation and equipment being unnecessary.
Despommier spurred the imagination of Gordon Graff, who began working on a design for a “Sky Farm” for downtown Toronto’s Theatre District. The 58-storey building would be able to produce as much as a thousand acre farm (the rendering is pictured above).
Giant dehumidifiers would recapture the evaporation of water from plants, the carbon dioxide rich exhaust would be converted in oxygen and collected waste would be transformed into gas. Hmm… those all sound like good things! Check out the breakdown of where each type of fruit and veggie would grow and where the chickens would hang out…
Awesome! The total growing area would be comprised of 8 million square feet and feed 35,000 people every year. Forget eye candy, this tower would be eye vegetables…
This project seems to be more of a fantasy than something that will be built in the near future, but now that the seeds have been planted, it’s only a matter of time until this tower comes into fruition.