Scientists expect there to be approximately nine billion people living on Earth by 2050. Most will be living in urban environments which are becoming more polluted and populated everyday while climate change is casting an increasingly problematic shadow over the future of our planet. In the midst of this architects are beginning to look for long term solutions to these problems.
In Milan, Stefano Boeri is working on the World’s first vertical forest and in Linkoping, Sweden, Plantagon and engineering firm Sweco have been working on a vertical farming greenhouse. It’s called the World’s first Plantagon Greenhouse for Urban Agriculture and is a possible solution to the problems we all face when it comes to producing food in a sustainable way. It’s designed to grow low maintenance green vegetables – meaning they won’t need to be transported miles to the consumer – and filter air of pollutants from any nearby factories.
The internal structure of the building – see the video above – will slant upwards allowing light to get to wherever there are plants and any food that’s not fit to eat will be used as biofuel to power the structure. All in all its an incredible building and a smart idea and one can only hope that more cities adopt their ideas and begin to plan now for what is sure to come.
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