Following a serious drought in 2008, Syria had to import wheat after the majority of the farmers’ crops failed. This highlighted the issues of farming efficiency especially with valuable commodities like water. With the fertile land of Syrian oases slowly disappearing under the threat of ever-increasing urban sprawl, water and greenery are being seen as precious commodities to the region.
Now, two UK architects James Murray and Toby Lloyd have produced an intriguing response to the issue using a series of vertical hydroponics oases. Such architectural responses would use only 10% of the water typically needed for farming in the area and could further provide housing and allotments for local residents.
The rising vertical structures provide a stable and predictable environment in which to grow green-produce and farmers can gain precise and consistent control over the quality of their product. Hydroponic towers are expected to increase both the yield and quality of crops whilst eliminating soil and its accompanying ‘soil-borne diseases’. Research on crops is encouraged in specially dedicated spaces in the towers and a local market found at the base of the tower offers a window to sell produce to locals.
Additional architectural innovations include a series of ‘structural pipes’ that feed the hydroponic pods which plug-in to the main structural frame. Also integrated within the structure are water collectors, wind turbines, and solar panels increasing the project’s sustainability credentials. More of the same please!d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’).appendChild(s);