What are the things that you can’t do in a city? You can’t raise livestock (at least, not very easily), you can’t live on an acre or more of land (unless you’re way loaded), and you can’t really grow food. At least not a lot of it – enough to feed an entire population. What if that could change? What if a structure existed in a city (say, a city like New York) that allowed the growth and production of produce, meat, and dairy, all in a structure that sat right along the East River?
That’s what Vincent Callebaut Architectures envisions for New York. An almost 2000 foot high structure that would contain what is needed to produce fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy on its 132 floors. Not only would the structure be a source for fresh food that was produced right there in the city, but it would also be a totally sustainable building that was powered by wind and sun, and would purify liquid waste into compost, fertilizer and water for the crops.
The structure would also contain houses for the people who tended the different crops, herds, etc., and research laboratories for testing product quality, ensuring that all the scientific mechanics are functional, and obviously providing a place for process improvement and environmental responsibility.
We might not see it in our lifetime, but the Belgian architect is certainly on to something. Shouldn’t some of our research efforts and future expansion include projects where we can rely on solar and wind power rather than electricity and oil, and where we can grow and produce food that is safe and free of chemicals and scary hormones?