The future for agriculture is a scary one, at this current time we already use roughly enough land for agriculture and livestock equal if not more than the size of South America, and the cold hard truth is that we are running out of land.(Desspommier, D, 2009) In our group project we Proposed vertical Farms would be the main source of Agriculture in 2050, but what is happening today? What kind of new innovations are happening in Design? and how can we make people more aware and active in making the urban environment more self sustainable?. On a Personal Level I felt that the shift of vertical and urban gardens are moving into the mainstream culture of the urban environment, presenting something in such a way it subtly blends into the existing architecture.
This design by Benjamin Pawlics ” Plant-able Tiles is a great interior design solution for the shift of Vertical gardens and or farming within the home, to open peoples minds to the options and possibilities. this is a modular tile system that when looked after properly can grow plants vertically as part of a decoration, or to grow various foods.(Brooks, R, 2013)
But What About Watering?
Watering these plants is easy , in built within these tiles is a drip irrigation system(Brooks, R, 2013), so when you water them it is entirely self contained. These tiles are important because they really bring to light how easy and simple it can be to bring the city to life, and even become somewhat self sufficient.
How do Tiles lead to Large scale Vertical Farming?
Every little step counts, people are never going to just adopt this idea and adapt it on a widespread scale, especially not the conservative liberal party of Australia. Designs like these tiles are extremely important to implant the idea into the mindset of the masses, so when the day does come to propose an entire vertical farming building in Australia the Idea is not so crazy and out there, but now part of the norm.
But where is this Leading to?
If we do adopt vertical farming not only will we have viable source of agriculture in the future but also we will have brought life to our cities and homes, an example of this is the Central Park building across from UTS, the whole city of Sydney is full of cold metals and steel, where this building is natural mixed with the landscape bringing a whole new uplifting dynamic to the city.
What verticle farms exist currently in the world?
The most successful vertical garden in the world is in Japan, This vertical Garden already ships up to 10,000 heads of lettuce a day, it is cost efficient, and most importantly water saving. I think another thing to say about this vertical is that it was constructed in an old converted warehouse… Vertical farms don’t have to have new fancy buildings when were already running out of space, existing buildings can be converted, making the most of space and using less harmful building materials.(Mitchell, B, 2014)
So why Am i blogging about this?
This issue isn’t given enough thought in daily life, we go to the supermarket, we buy food and just expect it to be there day after day, hopefully small designs such as the plant-able tiles will trigger a chain reaction to convert humanity to a more sustainable future, so lets push for these designs, lets rise to the occasion and pave a better future for everyone think sustainably for the continued existence of humanity.
Desspommier, D, 2009. ‘The Rise Of Verticle Farms‘,Scientific American, VOL 301, 80-87.
Brooks, R, 2013. Benjamin Pawlica’s Plantable Tiles Create Endless Green Wall Possibilities, Viewed 20th Oct 2014, <http://inhabitat.com/benjamin-pawlicas-plantable-tiles-create-endless-green-wall-possibilities/>
Mitchell, B, 2014. The Worlds Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan, Viewed 21st Oct 2014, <http://inhabitat.com/the-worlds-largest-indoor-farm-produces-10000-heads-of-lettuce-a-day-in-japan/>