As the density of our urban fabric ever increases (along with the number of residents), city-dwellers become further distanced from the growth of the food they consume. This distance still remains an ecological problem!



However, ‘urban vertical farms’ have taken on this challenge and the architect Scott Johnson has ‘hyperlocalized’ the vertical-farm concept into a building with program to directly assist tower residents.




The idea of the tower is derived from the concept of a sea cucumber. The animal has a spiny exterior skin, protecting a soft inner tissue (used for it to digest and reproduce). The tower has a similar concept where the exterior is conceived as a stiff exterior frame used for hotel residential units. On the other hand, the inner area of the tower is dedicated to growing necessary food crops. The architect designed each level to be dedicated to a specific food group (one of twelve foods), depending on what kind of growing conditions are available (i.e. solar exposure and/or humidity.


With the creation and consumption of food virtually in the same urban-vertical-setting, the kind of transportation normally required to deliver food is eliminated. All processing and distribution occurs on the premises with excess food being sold in nearby retail outlets. Clever indeed!} else {

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