Agriculture 2.0 is an urban growing system that takes vertical farming to the next level. A breathtaking project designed by Appareil, the spindly tower embodies a futuristic mechanism for agricultural production in the city. The incredible concept seeks to re-imagine how urban hubs can be used as spaces for vegetation. With food security high on political agendas this month, and predictions that by 2050 nearly 80% of the earth's 9 billion people will live in urban centers, localizing agricultural production will become vital.
Vertical farming is far from a new concept, and uses principles that have been employed by indigenous peoples around the world for thousands of years. But this new generative system looks to raise the stakes, supporting the production of crops such as tomatoes, eggplants, and other greens. The tower is predicted to be able to produce 42 kilograms of vegetables in a single day.
The vertical infrastructure’s local design will concentrate on three things: the site where the tower will be erected, what area of the city will be used, and the city’s climate. Plant incubators will receive a complete support structure that the building will make up and in turn run through the length of the tower. A large, closed pool will act as an incubator that provide for a controlled environment that can support the growth of plants; collecting rainwater, controlling temperature, sunlight, and concentration of carbon dioxide.
It may only be a concept now, but it will be interesting to see how the idea meets the challenges of agricultural production in reality — Appareil’s Agriculture 2.0 could very well be the future of urban farming.
Images courtesy of Appareil / Edouard Cabay