Feeding China’s Growing Urban Population with “Agro-Housing”

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From Dwell magazine’s recently relaunched blog, here’s an idea for urban farming. An Israeli company Knafo Klimor Architects has created a plan for “agro-housing,” placing large greenhouses inside high-rise buildings.

From the company’s website:

“Advantages of this innovative building typology:

  • Produces food for tenants and the surrounding community.
  • Produces organic and healthy food that is disease and fertilizer free
  • Creates an abundance of crops for self-consumption and sale for the neighbors.
  • Requires no special skill set for greenhouse operation
  • Allows for flexibility and independence for the greenhouse working hours.
  • Creates extra income and new jobs for the inhabitants in the building.
  • Creates a sense of community and softens the crisis of migration to cities.
  • Preserves rural traditions and social order.
  • Creates sustainable housing conditions and reduces air and soil pollution.
  • Improves the building’s microclimate and reduction of its energy usage (cooling and heating) 
  • Uses water from the existing high water table and recycles grey water for gardening.”

It looks like an interesting idea, but The Dirt wonders how such a building would actually fit into an urban setting. What happens to the crops and plants inside when a taller building is constructed next door? More images and a .pdf explaining the project can be found here.

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2 thoughts on “Feeding China’s Growing Urban Population with “Agro-Housing”

  1. burns anthony 12/04/2009 / 2:35 pm

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  2. How Grow Taller Naturally 12/10/2009 / 12:26 am

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