Gallery: Soaring Seawater Farms for a Self-Sufficient Dubai


Dubai is a burgeoning metropolis surrounded by seawater that relies on imports for nearly all of its food. Addressing the region’s lack of natural resources, Italian architects Studiomobile have conceived of a Seawater Vertical Farm that draws upon local resources to create a sustainable source of food for a cleaner, greener and more self-sufficient Dubai. Envisioned as a spire that branches off into soaring sky-gardens, the design uses seawater to create an ecosystem conducive to growing crops amid the clouds.

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  1. jakes March 31, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    i think they should incorporate a type of urban farming that 99problems is doing. it would help out the dry land and the poor class in the country

  2. dennis walker March 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    converting saltwater to fresh doesnt require elaborate skytowers. Dubai\’s concern for ecology is reflected in the hotels built atsea in the shape of a palm island, how did that effect the environment? How much would it cost to study their arid land through the science of composting and other soil rebuilding practices? Seems like opening a water bottle with a sledge hammer. TY dennis

  3. davidwayneosedach March 12, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Thank god Dubai is forward thinking enough to invest in this very green proposal. If mistakes are made along the way they will be corrected.

  4. Daryan March 10, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    This is an absurd idea given that just across the Persian Gulf there are millions of hectares of land available for Seawater Greenhouses which don’t need millions of dollars to be placed on extremely expensive towers. Transporting the food is a short couple of hours if modern vessels are used.

    The Seawater Greenhouse is a brilliant technology that unfortunately has not found the badly needed support it requires, primarily because fresh water is subsidized in the Persian Gulf region, but not in Iran.

    I’ve been working to set up Seawater Greenhouses in Iran and if any of your readers are interested in getting involved they can reach me through my company Web site:

    Daryan Rezazad

  5. crackgerbal March 9, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I like the idea of using salt water to obtain fresh water, but from the images it appears that the fresh water would just fall on the plants like rain. There was no mention of incorporating aeroponics or even hydroponics into this system, but i think it would be much more efficient if either one was used.

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