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.

forest skycraper

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Farm Your Office For a Healthier Life

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Why aren’t there rice paddies lining the walk to your conference room? Why don’t you have lemon trees instead of cubicle walls? Where are your tomato plants!? The Japanese staffing company Pasona has all this and more and is one of the best examples of building integrated agriculture. Click continue reading below to find out:

  • What is building integrated agriculture and why it’s the the coolest part about vertical farming
  • What Pasona harvests and how
  • The health benefits for the employees of an agriculturally integrated office

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New social media tool to rework your boring images

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I know some of you are aghast: clutching your heads and reeling because this is the second post in a row where I haven’t written exclusively about vertical farming. Stay tuned, I have one of my most insightful case studies yet already drafted and in the final stages, but right now I want to show you this cool site I found and share this image I made off of it.

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Breathe Better

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Would incorporating agriculture into a building improve indoor air quality? Efforts in India seem to say “Yes.”

Cities with air as heavily polluted as New Delhi (3x more polluted than hazy Beijing) are rare. Generally, better indoor air quality is achieved by ventilation systems that pump outside air inside.  But in these environments, it’s actually easier to clean the air inside.

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Best international “tall building”

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recognized Sydney, Australia’s One Central Park as the best tall building in the entire world.

The council’s executive director, Antony Wood, said “Seeing this building for the first time stopped me dead.”

one central park australia

For building integrated agriculture fans everywhere, this is great news.  The more that international organizations recognize the merits of BIA and the more coverage it gets, the more people will support the technology and push its boundaries.  More eyes means more innovation, kind of what I wrote about here.

This building in particular highlights some of the most important ideas behind BIA:

  • Naturalization of our urban environment including extensive vertical gardens
  • The biophilic benefits (post incoming soon, signup for our newsletter to hear about it first) of a green aesthetic
  • Green innovation (reflective panels cover the buildings cantilever and redirect natural sunlight reducing the need for artificial lighting)
  • Sustainable resource use (recycled water, nutrients, etc.)

I wanted to highlight these key points as it’s not directly related to vertical farming and everyone might not have seen it, but if you want to read the full article, you can do so here.