• The Horrorist

    On paper, the plan seems ideal, yet, implementing it would prove to be challenging if not impossible, for the time being that is.

  • The Horrorist

    Oh, and I think there may be books already written on the idea.
    The Colbert Report recently featured a guest that advocated this type of farming.

  • Matt (Admin)

    Yeah, that was Dickson Despommier (the quote from the first paragraph): http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=173624

  • Chuck

    I know a guy who has a friend who does this in San Francisco with special fast growing plants that take a lot of special nutrients and the grow bulbs eat a lot of electricity and so he has to move all the plants from one building to another about each month so the neighbors don’t get clued in on what he’s doing so they don’t rip off his stash, err.. I mean so they don’t take his good stuff. He does seem to make a profit even with all the overhead and problems from the authorities.

  • briz

    not gonna happen how u gonna fit thousands of acres worth of farmland in a building id have to be the size of a city to fit in a city u no how big grain elevators are

    hydroponics and grow lights use lotsa electricity

    keep the plants in the ground this is a rediculous idea

    citys 4 ppl plants 4 farms

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  • guest

    Well briz you have now idea on how this works do you, and you probably have never stepped foot out of the city.
    Hers a few helpful hints for you, hydroponics, pv cells, wind turbine.
    Now run along and google those words and then come back with your dick tucked between you legs and try again.
    I look forward to your reply.

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  • Wolfie Rankin

    The real problem with the world that everyone skips over is not the energy crisis, or greenhouse effect or air pollution… the problem nobody is looking at is the cause of all that, which is over-population.

    If we bred less, we’d have a much better world.

    In every documentary about endangered animals, it’s always due to human encroachment on the animals space, am I wrong?

    It’s us, we’re the problem, the sooner we face that, the better.

    The green belongs in it’s own space, I hope that I never live to see a day where it’s all cities and nothing else… but sadly, that day is coming.

  • schwagg

    i’d rather see my food be fed by the sun, and not cultivated in some makeshift atmosphere.

  • 1976come&gone

    Wolfie Rankin is right, but we are not going to start breeding less. Unfortunately the ones that have the capacity to understand the problem are not the problem. It is the uneducated people who can’t even take care of their kids that keep pumping them out. They don’t raise them so those kids grow up and start having babies when they are 14. It’s a bad cycle. You have to get a license to drive a car, a permit to build a house but any idiot is allowed to have 6 kids! It’s crazy, but what are you going to do?

  • http://www.greenauthors.com Green Authors

    Two weeks ago I was reading about people in the city growing tomato plants upside down and thought it was a move in the right direction.

    Now I am blown away by the potential of a larger scale production of food. Not having to rely of tractor trailers traveling 100′s of miles to deliver food alone is a giant step in the right direction. Speaking of which, supporting your local farm stands for your vegetables is a small step that we each can take.

  • http://www.spinfarming.com Roxanne Christensen

    A complimentary solution with vertical farming is sub-acre farming. A sub-acre farming method now being practiced throughout the U.S. and Canada is called SPIN-Farming. SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive, and it makes it possible to earn significant income from growing vegetables on land bases under an acre in size. SPIN farmers utilize relay cropping to increase yield and achieve good economic returns by growing only the most profitable food crops tailored to local markets. SPIN’s farming techniques are not, in themselves, breakthrough. What is novel is the way a SPIN farm business is run. SPIN provides everything you’d expect from a good franchise: a business plan, marketing advice, and a detailed day-to-day workflow. In standardizing the system and creating a reproducible process it really isn’t any different from McDonalds. So by offering a non-technical, easy-to-understand and inexpensive-to-implement farming system, it allows many more people to farm, wherever they live, as long as there are nearby markets to support them, and it removes the two big barriers to entry – sizeable acreage and significant start-up capital.
    So while vertical farming will still take some time to get off the ground, sub-are farming is already showing how agriculture can be integrated into the built environment in an economically viable manner. This is not subsistence farming a la Cuba. This is recasting farming as a small business in cities and towns, “right sizing” agriculture for an urbanized century and making local food production a viable business proposition once again.

  • jeb

    Hi’ i am a architecture student and i have done a thesis on this 3 years ago. the plans are beautifull but people are used to the situation as it is today. if only some people would have the guts to start building. problems only get solved by experimenting with these building.

    what if the cavemen that discoverd that fire could be usefull had the same response. we would all still be in caves hunting for food.

    and for you Wolfie Rankin i’ve only got one message: why don’t you start with your self. look at china; people lost children in the storm and floods and can’t have another one because of state regulations on childbirth. who are you or anyone to say, who should and who shouldn’t procreate? We are human beings smart enough to invent things. look at the world from a creating and optimistic way and we’ll get there!

    Cheers Jeb

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  • enZee

    Hi there, we have the same idea, it is my thesis proposal for my partial requirement as an architecture student. There is really a shortage in agricultural products like rice even here in the Philippines where there is a big potential in agriculture but less government assistance. I would like to ask if this idea is only suited for cities? because nowadays agricultural lands here are turned into commercial lands, the urban sprawl is getting faster. And to think most farmers are from the province not from the cities, they will loose income or have more competitors.

  • http://myspace.com/awakenowtv Sandy

    Hey Jeb,
    I love this idea…since you are an architecture student, do you think you could desgn a Vertical Farm structure that could feed a small ecovillage of 500 people? We would love to actually start test this concept out.
    add me if you are interested… myspace.com/awakenowtv

  • http://makesomethinghappen.net/2008/07/24/263/ Alex Steed [of Make Something Happen]

    I saw the piece in the post and elsewhere. We very recently covered a campaign that was built to raise awareness around the possibility of the vertical farm – especially in NY. I believe there will be one in Las Vegas soon, no?

  • AB

    I think this is an awesome idea, but I completely agree that this isn’t going to solve all of our environmental problems. Overconsumption, inefficient energy, and just a complete lack of respect for the environment still need to be addressed. Overpopulation is a major problem, It would be great if total fertility rates decreased world wide, but that seems completely unlikely. Maybe if religious institutions advocated birthcontrol, and if underdeveloped countries advocated and funded more family planning and education programs, we’d have a chance at stabilizing our population

    “The green belongs in it’s own space, I hope that I never live to see a day where it’s all cities and nothing else…”

    I agree, but don’t you think that vertical farming may help this? Farming takes up so much land space, sometimes it depletes the land of nutrients and it destroys natural habitats, but people have to eat, so growing our food in skyscrapers that require a lot less land seems like a good alternative to me. Then nature could take back the land that was once solely dedicated to agriculture. I’d rather see real nature (forests, plains, jungles) on the outskirts of towns and cities than miles and miles of farm land, and vertical farming sky scrapers in cities might help combat the heat island effect, co2 emissions, and it might cheer up the atmosphere a little too. It’ll be interesting to see where this leads.

  • http://blog.valcent.net Caroline Keddy

    Vertical farming does not have to be in skyscrappers. The concept is great and time/money will bring it to our urban centers. Vertical farming in greenhouses is happening now, we at Valcent are successfully vertically growing.

    Recently, Valcent was featured in Time Magazine with Dr. Dickson Despommier regarding vertical farming in urban settings. Please visit: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1865974,00.html

    Caroline Keddy

  • http://wolfiesworld-oz.blogspot.com/ Wolfie Rankin

    Someone above wanted to know how many kids I have? none is your answer, give me a lovely dog any day.

    I have a lot less hassles, and my bills are lighter, and I get a lot of love.

    There are some who say we must breed to save the economy or to look after us when we’re old… but who is going to look after those kids when they’re old.

    And are the ones supposedly bred to look after us all going to become health care workers, like all of us did, in order to look after our elderly? (sarcasm here if you didn’t detect it).

    It’s awful, people really need to wake up and not get sucked into the peer pressure of having kids, this planet can’t handle the strain any longer.

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  • http://www.jump-higher-now.com Kelly Baggett

    It’s a great idea, but I think there are better alternatives. One being advanced genetic engineering of crops so that their yield and nutritional value is increased by an order of magnitude. There’s still too much bias against the idea of genetic engineering, but in this day and age I think it has been proven safe through responsible practices. In fact, 90 percent of the corn and tomatoes in the world today is genetically engineered.

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  • anish

    its very innovative thinking….
    if we could make/cover the walls with solar panels then we can use that heat to produce electricity ..moreover the most important change that should be made is that if we make the different floors movable that is if the floors can twist keeping the one edge of all the floors fixed to avail heat to all the floors……
    if all the floors twist then it would take the shape of a circle…..
    for example:-”if there are six floors then when each floors twists upto 60 degree then if simultaneously all the six floors twist, they form circle of 360 degree and each is exposed to heat”
    we can use reflectors for maintaining the correct temperature of the perfect growth of plants…
    if this becomes possible then this would one of the greatest development that the human has ever made……

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    Well, it is not about breeding less,..it is about using our brains and our time efficiently and effectively. it is about expansion thinking and growth driven, along with effort. Come on folks…it is the caused which is not finally going in the right directions…But vertical farming is an excellent idea and it is a true way to think. All the movies, video games, pc games…all show you about the future it is just that people dont see the world in the manner as realisitic. It is realisitic and the vertical farming will happen within 20 years or much less like 5..all depends on the factors we take now…

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  • Mother Advocate

    I hope we can have planting like this available, but I hope we never lose the farms. Plus, having plants indoors does not help our air as much as outdoors. More and more farmers are using less chemicals. Most of the farmers use natural fertilizers–its cheaper! and helps get rid of crap. I think it would be a good addition, especially in urban areas, but not a replacement.