The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

by , 05/07/14

sustainable architecture, green building, dragonfly vertical farm, vincent callebaut, biomimicry, green design, self sufficient building, urban farm concept

In this utopian superstructure offices, research labs, housing, and communal areas are interspersed between orchards, farms, and production rooms. Plant and animal farming is arranged throughout the Dragonfly’s steel and glass set of wings so as to maintain proper soil nutrient levels and reuse of biowaste.

The spaces between the wings are designed to take advantage of solar energy by accumulating warm air in the exo-structure during winter. Cooling in the summer will be facilitated through natural ventilation and evapo-perspiration from the plants.

Exterior vertical gardens filter rain water which is then mixed with domestic liquid waste. Together they are treated organically before being recirculated for farm use, preserving and distributing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This urban farm, perhaps more appropriate for Dubai than New York, is intended to be cultivated by its own inhabitants, thus closing the loop of self-sustenance.

+ Vincent Callebaut

Via World Architecture News

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  2. brook November 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    It’s obviously not a dragonfly wing. It’s obviously not feasible. But it’s obviously gorgeous.

  3. aDIYguy August 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Recycle your bio-waste articles! Translation: too many bs stories, not enough common sense. Even a plumber knows payday is on Friday, bio-waste flows downhill! lol

  4. Hyncharas August 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I reckon I must’ve seen this at least once a year on this site – I appreciate the enthusiasm, but what’s the point if NYC is never going to build it?

  5. tschreck August 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    these undergrad projects are a bit tiresome in their lack of attention to reality. all of the concepts are wonderful, but i’m not sure that it is even possible to build such a structure capable of withstanding even a clam wind..

  6. Heather Mastrangeli February 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    What a great concept! I’d love to find out more about it!

  7. bigjimid February 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Living, working, and growing food at smog level might not be the best idea after all.

  8. gregpeters February 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Um… Do the designers know what a dragonly wing looks like? Have they ever seen a dragonly wing? Butterfly, maybe, but this looks nothing like a dragonly wing. Seriously. Not at all.

  9. Seymore February 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Wow what a great project that will feed people and it will be a tourist attraction too!

  10. M. Davies August 20, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    For an example of a vertical crop system that’s growing now, check out
    Valcent is currently underway on its pilot project growing food vertically for a U.K Zoo!

  11. laurawheeler May 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Please tell me more abut making electricity

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