By 2050, there will be a global additional of 3 billion more mouths to feed! It appears that the traditional farming we know today will not be able to cope with the predicted population increase. In such a case, new systems must be explored and developed.
Enter the Harvest Green Project (HGP). This project investigates a new ‘agri’ food production systems for urban locations. Located near arterial hubs, this urban-farming concept is injected into the heart of the city-fabric and encircled by transit routes.
The HGP explores the concept of vertically farming vegetables, herbs, fruits, fish, chickens (for egg-laying) and finally goat and sheep dairy-facilities. Here, the availability of food can be secured all-year-round through consistent vertical-crop production replacing the traditional idea of horizontal farming! HGP reasserts the need for organically grown, locally-produced food to assist in the health and sustainability of a city’s residents.
Renewable energy drives the Harvest Tower which generates power via green building energy-systems. Energy from photovoltaic glazing is incorporated with large-scale wind-turbines. Additional energy is offered to the grid via ‘methane generation’ from the composting of non-edible parts of plants and animals. Finally, rainwater cisterns provide irrigation for crops and roof gardens. Intelligent, holistic design…it’s the future!
The HGP is a competition winner by Romses Architects for the City of Vancouver.document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);