Gallery: Aquaponic Urban Food Jungle Brings Fresh Fruits and Vegetables...

It looks like an ambitious idea: to build a sustainable food production network which supports local restaurants in a spectacular center where visitors can see the entire process from farm to table.

At a time when food production is becoming increasingly de-localized, the Urban Food Jungle aims to provide a space where food is produced right where it is consumed. AECOM designed this conceptual cityscape in the face of dwindling resources and diminishing food security – the ambitious idea includes plans for building a sustainable food production network that supports local restaurants, and a spectacular center where visitors can view the entire process from farm to table.

The design incorporates an aquaponic system – a cool futuristic idea where nutrient-rich water from several fish ponds is circulated to the top of several sculptural pillars. These nourished plants would then form part of an edible canopy.

Providing easy access for visitors, the design includes a pedestrian walkway where people can observe the entire system. Complete with a “snack shack” and local restaurants supplied by the fruit and vegetables produced on site, the Urban Food jungle is just one piece of the larger puzzle of how to support a growing planetary population with dwindling resources.


Images courtesy of AECOM


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  1. Tony Lezcano February 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

    so cool…

  2. Green Joy May 29, 2012 at 5:21 am

    That’s a nice structure. We had a small fish pond where we raised a small group of Tilapia a while back, and once we stopped cultivating the fish, we took out the water (we did it in an old swimming pool) and used it to water our small vegetable garden, and boy, did it bloom. I can see how this might be very efficient. Cheers!

    Juan Miguel Ruiz

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