By 2050, the UN predicts that the global population will surpass 9 billion people, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers. Given current agricultural productivity rates, the Vertical Farm Project estimates that an agricultural area equal in size to roughly half of South America will be needed to feed this larger population.
Vertical farming is an old idea. Indigenous people in South America have long used vertically layered growing techniques, and the rice terraces of East Asia follow a similar principle. Agriculture 2.0 designed by Appareil attempts to propose an answer to these questions. It consists of a generative system for the design of the infrastructure for urban vertical farming, which can be used in any city of the world. Agriculture 2.0 gives an entirely new meaning to urban vertical farming.
The vertical infrastructure’s local design will concentrate on three things: the site where the tower will be erected, area of the city that will be caked in vegetation and the city’s climatic conditions as well. Plant incubators will get a complete support structure that the building will be composed of, which will run through the length of the tower.
A four to eight meter square closed pool will act as an incubator that will unfurl a controlled environment necessary for the growth of plants. It will be responsible for collecting rainwater, controlling temperature, sunlight, concentration of carbon dioxide and also air quality. The tower will support the production of lightweight crops, like tomato, lettuce and eggplant, to name a few. Now comes the most astonishing part! A single tower can produce 42 kilograms of vegetables in a single day. Agriculture 2.0 will prove to be a blessing in coming years where food and its production will face new challenges.