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A+D's SOUPERgreen Rethinks the Los Angeles Landscape With Cutting Edge Sustainable Tech

by , 04/12/11

A+D Museum, SOUPERgreen, SOUPERgreen INconversation, David Hertz, Wes Jonas, Randolph Ruiz, Aryan Omar, Doug Jackson, Steven Purvis, Green Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Urban Design

The first design was Randolph Ruiz’s ‘Stead (Sustainable Technology Experimental Agricultural Dwelling) which featured a unique sun-shading façade, a photovoltaic array, as well as an enormous rooftop hydroponic farm. The six-acre industrial building (which actually exists in the San Fernando Valley) collects millions of gallons rainwater a year, which is then used to produce a variety of crops by urban farmers who live on-site. The adaptive re-use of an existing structure provides a unique alternative to the “vertical farming” trend that requires excessive amounts of new building materials.

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