A project is going on in China that no doubt was confirmed by and intended to serve the state, is also a proof of concept that could ultimately benefit the very people states such as China intend to control.
The project is what’s being billed as a farmscaper and is being designed to be centrally controlled, but the concept of building hydropponic, aquaponic, and other types of non-soil-dependent forms of farming on towers is not new. As a matter of fact, I refer to this cocept as the farm tower. The possibilitiy, for instance, with utilizing farm towers to grow your own chemicals and even your own fundamental building materials right next to the processing and manufacturing centers that need them is a game-changer in creating local sustainability and thriving.
Imagine a hospital with farm towners around it that grow plants which can create wide ranges of currently scarce and expensive-to-produce medicines. Imagine a manufacturoing hub that has farm towers beside it which grow the bulk of their raw material needs. These worlds are possible so long as we can create localized versions of what the centralized powers would seek to preserve at the international scale.
Most people prefer to spend their time surrounded by nature, and it is good for your health after all. That’s why we see more and more buildings covered in greenery. Foster + Partners’ Marina Tower and Guangming Hub are among them. The tower is Greece’s first green high-rise building and its tallest, reaching 200 meters (656 ft) in height. The hub will include greenery-filled towers, autonomous vehicle technologies, and even virtual reality (VR).
Indeed, the greenery brings nature into cities while offering insulation and shade to the buildings, reducing air-conditioning requirements – but what if they could also provide food? That is precisely what Italy’s Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) has in mind for the “Farmscraper,” which the firm claims could feed up to 40,000 people annually.
The Farmscraper, officially called Jian Mu Tower, would rise to 715 ft (218 m) in Shenzhen, China.