Vertical farming is the latest concept to emerge in farming these days. Growing consciousness for a green earth, but at the same time, shortage of landscape area has prompted the emergence of this innovative concept. Towering archeological structures are built in such a way that they have accommodations for gardening and plantation. And so, vertical utilization of space is the motto of vertical farming. Here is a list of ten such vertical gardening designs which showcase innovation in farming techniques.
1. Pyramid farm
A brainchild of designers Eric Ellingsen and Dickson Despommier, Pyramid farm is a forerunner of the concept of vertical farming. It is built on the idea of saving space, yet works towards waste management and also to provide food for the ever growing population. This vertical farm is used to harvest edible fruits and vegetables. Moreover, it utilizes waste to produce indoor fishery and help in developing a poultry farm also.
2. Clepsydra urban farming
This vertical farm can be built on the rooftop of an already existing residential building. It possesses the features of a futuristic greenhouse. The idea behind this structure is to influence urban people to make provisions of their own in their own residential building. Clepsydra is a 10 story detachable structure, comprising of stainless steel framework and glass panels that can be attached to any building and this structure has a potential to produce food that can be matched with output yielded by almost six acres of farmland.
3. Farm tower
Brandon Martell probably understood the pulse of the current population, where agricultural lands are shrinking with increasing population an aggravated food crisis. Thus, he created Farm tower, a vertical farm on the bank of Thames. This towering structure is a self sufficient unit that rises high like a tree and supplies fresh produce for the teeming London population, combating the calamities of nature too, like flood or drought. Without any emission of carbon dioxide produced by farm vehicles in conventional farms, this structure can cater to 20% of inhabitants of London.
4. Whittier organic food center
The idea for Whittier organic food center has been conceptualized by Daniel Toole that will be capable of producing food for the urban dwellers, but not at the cost of ecological means. It will utilize wind, water and solar power to yield farm fresh organic products. Without the involvement of tractors and other farm vehicles and subsequent carbon dioxide emissions and also eliminating harmful chemicals and fertilizers, the population will get healthy food.
5. Modular vertical farm
This commercial and urbanized farm is the concept of designer duo Michaela Dejdarova and Michal Votuba. A group of tetrahedron structures will be clubbed together to make the exoskeleton of this vertical farm. This will support acres of green patches within the city. This structure can be fully unassembled and shifted to any place.
6. Beehive vertical farm
Beehive structure of this vertical farm is the pride of the Londoners living on the banks of river, Thames. Developed by the Mexican firm Xome Arquitectos, this vertical farm looks like an upright beehive, covered with thick blanket of greenery. Attached with a residential complex, this structure collects rainwater, produces energy and grows edible vegetation.
7. The dragonfly
This vertical firm resembles the wing of a giant dragonfly. Built by Vincent Callebaut, this 600 meters tall eco farm is a part of New York’s skyline. The massive structure comprises of 132 floors that in turn support twenty eight different types of agricultural farms that grow fruits, vegetables, cereals, etc, and produce dairy products too. There are also spaces for offices, shops, housing, etc, inside this structure.
8. Sustainable vertical farm concept
VEIL or the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab apprehended the drawbacks of the prevalent systems of vertical gardening that are based on indoor farming. So they built this vertical farm that encourages plants to grow on the principles of hydroponics. Thus, the structure comprises of large floor plates that absorb air and sunlight throughout the day and use it for farming. This vertical farming structure is also inclusive of offices, cafÃ©, laboratories, etc.
9. Futuristic london bridge
The idea of this unique vertical farm was proposed by the company Chetwood Architects. They said that the London bridge will be modified to become a vertical farm overlooking the Thames. Equipped with solar panels and exposed to natural air, water and ventilation, this structure will emerge as a self contained unit.
10. Vertical farm eco city
Eco city vertical farm is a step ahead by not only promoting self sustaining farming, but also giving the urban people a chance to take part in the amusement of farming. This towering architectural splendor also houses eateries, an amusement park powered by wind energy, a bio gas recycling plant and a farm, which supports the eateries inside this eco city with its own yields.