16 Apr '11, 8pm

‘Plantagons’, New Vertical Farm Design, May Provide Produce for Future Cities

Has anyone calculated the actual growing area compared to the footprint of this idea? Just looking at it, there doesn’t seem to be all that much gained. And at the cost of very involved structure. Why not just do more traditional greenhouses on top of existing buildings? Parking garages would be ideal. Gardeners could drive to work. You could use the extra heat to assist the building HVAC system rather than simply venting it off into the atmosphere as will have to be done with this glass sphere. And the building would add mass to store heat to help the rooftop plants make it through cold nights. All of these vertical farms – I get the feeling that none of the designers have ever tried indoor/greenhouse gardening. Or contemplated spending ones working day on a slant. Perhaps they should spend a shift in the Guggenheim…

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/04/16/plantagons-new-veical...

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