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New Skyscraper Farm Mimics Nature

What grows organic produce, consumes CO2, and is over 30 stories tall? The answer is Eric Vergne’s Dystopian Farm skyscraper, a winner of 2009's Evolo Skyscraper Competition. The Evolo Skyscraper Competition, held each year, encourages some of the world's most creative architects, engineers, and artists to design new structures to meet the needs future urban residents.

One of this year's three winning designs was the spiraling Dystopian Farm tower, a green skyscraper designed for the Hudson Yard area of Manhattan. The tower is modeled after the cells in ferns and other plants. Its organic design provides stability to the structure, and a network of housing for the tower's growing systems. The tower is equipped with advanced growing technologies such as airoponic watering, nutrient feed systems, controlled lighting, and CO2 level regulation.

The end result is a tower which not only looks natural, but is home to a rich green garden that consumes carbon dioxide and provides food for the growing urban population. Mr. Vergne describes, "Through food production and consumption, this skyscraper sets up a fluctuation of varying densities and collections of people, bringing together different social and cultural groups, creating new and unforeseen urban experiences that form and dissipate within the flux of city life."

World population in urban centers is on the rise. Experts predict that by 2050 80% of the world's citizens will reside in an urban setting. These residents will need an estimated 109 hectares of arable land to provide their food. As space on the ground is limited, one increasingly attractive solution is to build upwards, creating vertical farms. While few such farms currently exist, several projects are planned and the field could grow tremendously in the next couple decades.

The Evolo Skyscraper competition drew 416 entrants this year from 64 countries. Ultimately, three winners, including the Dystopian Farm, were picked, with 15 special mentions.

Via Inhabitat

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written by Adriana, February 20, 2009
that is so freaking awesome, even though... the completion of this will probably happen - if it does. when we're old.. thats still okay. not only is its design environmentally friendly but what comes with it inside? i approve.
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Spongy
written by Fred, February 22, 2009
It looks like a sea sponge. Great idea, but I worry about the threat of bugs wiping it out.
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written by Caster, February 23, 2009
Biomimicry! Very nice!

greenlifesmartlife.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/problem-solved-mother-nature-shows-us-how-its-done/
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written by Mark Bachelder, February 25, 2009
Dreamy! But I would like to see more specifics...who, what fits where? Does this really get enough light to grow food? Where is the food, where are the people? How does this strangely cantilevered tower deal with changing live loads as plants grow, mature, die-off, etc?
I'm not trying to shoot this idea down, but as presented, it is not realistic, it is just a concept. It's a good enough idea to be further devoloped into a buildable plan, but I'm not sure why it's included here, just yet.
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written by Rolfey, February 25, 2009
Futuristic Arty concept. Not sure that the science and engineer could make it work yet. Can you feed a family from an oversized window box full of airoponics??
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written by Jorge, February 26, 2009
i was wondering where that figure of 109 Ha had come to feed all that people, so I went to the source
http://www.verticalfarm.com/

to find out... It is a missprinted figure. The one they mention is 10 to the power of 9, not 109.

So 10000000000 Ha, really a lot of land...
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Eco-castles in the sky
written by Rachel, October 02, 2010
Quite imaginative. Whether or not it can be realized off the page, this building is doing something we'll probably be doing increasingly as climate change impacts our lifestyles - looking to nature for solutions to problems.

It's exciting to see so many designers being influenced by organic systems.

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