Gallery: Brandon Martella’s Live Share Grow Vertical Farm Could Generat...

The tower would also provide new opportunities for education, commerce and healthy living.

Live Share Grow is a proposal by Brandon Martella for a combo residential tower and vertical farm for downtown San Diego. The multi-story tower is dual purpose – one side is holds residential apartments in varying sizes, while the other is a large-scale hydroponic vertical farm. Located in a popular area amidst other residential towers, offices, tourist attractions and very close to the bay, Live Share Grow would be sited to contribute to the larger community. Waste, grey water and black water can all be redeemed through recycling, grey water infused aquaponics, and black water compact combustion to create thermal energy. The tower would also provide new opportunities for education, commerce and healthy living.

According to the FDA, the average American alone consumes 707.7lbs of fruits and vegetables each year and the residents of San Diego consume 21,310,000 lb a year. Martella’s tower would provide enough space to group about 532,000 lbs of produce every 3 months. This is approximately 10% of the produce the city consumes – a sizable portion of the city’s needs and produced in a sustainable and local facility. The produce sold through the open air market would contribute towards the local economy serving residents and restaurants a like, while providing jobs to local residents, even residents that live inside the tower.

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  1. Dianne Risdon March 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Wow, this is such an exciting concept!I could definitely see such an amazingly positive outcome from this design.

  2. Chris Hale December 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I have wanted to do this very thing and have said so for years as one of those ‘if I won the Lotto’ dreams.
    Now, it may be in my own ‘backyard’ and I can’t be happier to see such a forward idea being realized.
    I want to work there since I am a gardener, landscaper and science-y geek…hope to learn there’s a short timetable for it to be built and begin operations.

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