Could this skyscraper feed New York City?

chris_jacobs.jpgimage:The Vertical Farm Project

Some of you might remember buildings like the skyscraper above from the video game Sim City 2000, which featured a type of ecological architecture known as arcology. If Dr. Dickson Despommier of Columbia University is right, this utopian vision will be realized within fifteen years.

See the article below for a detailed description of how a vertical farm might work. And for a wealth of information on sustainability and skyscrapers check out Dr. Despommier’s website at

Skyfarming Lisa Chamberlain New York Magazine April 9, 2007

“Imagine a cluster of 30-story towers on Governors Island or in Hudson Yards producing fruit, vegetables, and grains while also generating clean energy and purifying wastewater. Roughly 150 such buildings, Despommier estimates, could feed the entire city of New York for a year.”

Posted by: Chris Z


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