Building-Integrated Forests in China

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Bosco Verticale’s designer envisions a China with homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a verdant blaze of shrubbery and plant life; a breath of fresh air for metropolises that are choking on a toxic diet of fumes and dust. In short, he wants to grow forests in buildings.

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Are Hydroponic Vegetables as Nutritious as Those Grown in Soil?

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Are hydroponic vegetables as healthy as those grown in the soil? Someone asked the Times just that and they give a great answer, even citing opinions on traditional “organic, soil” advocates. In short, yes they are.

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JASON HENRY FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Famous New York Landmark Re-Imagined As Lofted Greenhouse

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The winners of an international competition to revive a decaying World’s Fair landmark have re-envisioned it as a garden lofted high above ground.

Architects Sarah Wan, 29, and Aidan Doyle, 34, both of Seattle, were awarded $3,000 for “Hanging Meadows,” their reimagining of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the open-air circular structure with futuristic towers originally designed by architect Philip Johnson for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

Seeing images like this remind me of what got me excited about vertical farming in the first place. The potential to turn cities into lush, productive environments through building integrated agriculture or even dedicated structures is tantalizing. While it may not be the most realistic structure in the world (a critique of that here), it certainly makes a statement.

Credit to original WSJ article for image and the opening paragraphs.

A warning to farmers about “CSAs”

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Sometimes distributors are helpful and we give middlemen a cut. But do not let those same middlemen profit off the integrity of community supported agriculture’s (CSA) connotation.

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