Lori Zimmer

Terreform, Inc. Proposes Covering NYC With Vertical Gardens & Urban Farms to Become Self-Sufficient

by , 03/09/12

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Terreform, New York City Steady State, urban farming, New York Economically Self Sufficient, food growing cells, meat production towers

With the idea of a utopian economically independent city, NYCSS would infuse urban farming throughout all five boroughs. The plan was created by focusing on the food, waste, energy, production, water, air and climate that are specific to New York City.

The city would be divided up into various centers, focusing on food production, open spaces, food growing cells, vertical farms, meat production towers, and neighborhood hubs. The plan would employ the plentiful unused rooftops on the buildings across our metropolis, as well as the building of new 30 storey farms, edible living walls, and street level farms. The framework would not disrupt the current urban flow, but only infuse edible greenery into the concrete landscape.

The plan also envisions Times Square as a production hub, keeping the bright lights and theaters, combined with a large pedestrian area. Solar panels would provide shade, while collecting energy. Urban crops would line the pedestrian thoroughfares, and fruit bearing trees would provide shade. Keeping in line with Times Square’s penchant for oversized advertisements, a growing tower would feature an large LCD screen for ads. Streetwise, the plans foresee patches of farming everywhere, food growing cells for winter, and even a meat production tower to source the city’s meat as locally as possible.

Although the overall plan seems drastic, if the city started employing even fragments of NYCSS, it could provide better for itself, as well as drastically reduce both its ecological and economic footprint.

+ Terreform, Inc.

Via World Architecture News

*Note: Terreform, Inc., originally called Commonspace, was founded by Michael Sorkin in 2005 and should not be confused with Terreform One, directed by Dr. Mitchell Joachim.

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  1. UIWGroup UIWGroup August 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Great idea and it needs to happen

    BUT, unless it is driven by communities and people where they control and take ownership it will not works. People have to be part of the whole process.

    Success will be determined by the people not governments. It has to be appropriate to local community needs not a one size fits all. What governments need to do provide support and backing and that does not necessarily mean just money.

    We have a fantastic opportunity to this globally and we might look outside of a western model for doing.

    Let us have best practice not also ran practice

  2. andrewnelson7 August 5, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Could we just stop showing the vertical farms as one, some new idea that is news, and two, something that will actually work. Look, plants need sun to grow. Many crop plants need up to 8 hrs, so how do you grow plants on a north facing tower in a sea of towers.

    Maybe if someone actually does the work of logistics, cultivation, harvesting, distribution, etc of urban farming then we might have something of interest. Until then, please, stop highlighting these.

  3. xavier lynch April 22, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I hope soon all country make that change in the city’s for good of everyone.

  4. hannesvandamme December 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

    This will be published in the third coming issue ‘New York (Steady) State’ of the UR Journals!

    Follow on

  5. rogerb August 21, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Lots very interesting here. Meat towers..? Bit squeamish about these. Yes think we do need to talk about protein and fat we need. But is there an urban version of http://www.polyfacefarms.com that would be better for us and for the animals?

  6. arabella schoots March 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    would be wonderful!

  7. kalibal March 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    great! I want it straight here in Berlin!

  8. tahrey March 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

    A city of windowboxes… interesting.

    Might want to also turn Central Park into a massive orchard. Then officially rename it The Big Apple (…Plantation).