With the global population predicted to grow by 3 billion by 2050, and approx. 80% of cultivatable land already in use, a shortage of farmland is expected. Architects and academics alike have proposed ‘vertical farming’ as a potential solution, with the idea to create mini eco-systems that recycle water & nutrients and manage to support the growth of crops in towered blocks without soil.
A conceptualized design for Shenzhen (pictured) shines light on these ‘self-sufficient urban communities of the future’, with zones designated for residences, offices, recreational facilities and food production areas. The trend is beginning to surface in Asia, with vertical farms now in Singapore and Japan. So will we soon be seeing ‘fresh, development-made produce’ on the list of benefits in property brochures?
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