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Flashback to last week where the city of Seoul decided to finance a 3-story high vertical farm and the New Yorker profiled an architect who imagines vertical farming as part of the next trend of self-sufficient cities.
The New Yorker
Michael Sorkin, a globe-trotting sixty-six-year-old architect, urban planner, and critic, has published fourteen books and has designed buildings and public spaces from the Rockaways to Abu Dhabi. Currently, one of his biggest projects is a large urban complex in Xi’an, China. Meanwhile, in New York, where Sorkin lives, he runs Terreform, a non-profit devoted to architecture that is both urban and green. Two years ago, Terreform began a project called New York City (Steady) State, which investigates the possibility of “urban self-reliance”; its goal is to figure out what an optimally self-sufficient N.Y.C. might look like. By concretely imagining an ideal city, the thinking goes, you make a better one more likely. How would such a city function? And what would it be like to live on its leafy and fruitful streets?
To get to one of the fastest-growing farms in Fort Collins, you can head east on Mulberry Street, take a right just before Interstate 25, and pull into the parking lot of a business strip center.
Imagine slicing ripe tomatoes in January, topping yogurt with fresh berries in November, and shucking sweet corn at Christmas.
Nope, this isn’t some GMO-happy alternate reality. This is the future of your food—because indoor farming is blowing up.
The Korea Times
Seoul City Hall is planning to introduce vertical farms.
Mother Nature Network
Forget bucolic images of farmers toiling in the fields. As farmland gets more expensive (or disappears altogether) and awareness of the environmental impact of tilling and pesticide use increases, scientists and entrepreneurs are developing creative solutions for growing food. One of the most popular is forgoing the field to grow bumper crops of produce indoors.