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Multi-Story Urban Farms

Vincent Callebaut's Farmscrapers are Designed Specifically for Shenzhen

— March 14, 2013 — Eco
French architect Vincent Callebaut has designed multi-tiered farms that he dubs Farmscrapers for the Chinese city of Shenzhen. The Farmscrapers are designed to help cut emissions in China and to make the country's cities a greener place. Callebaut envisions six Farmscrapers in Shenzhen, with each one growing crops and recycling solid and liquid waste.

Being able to grow crops within a city like Shenzhen would mean that crops wouldn't have to be trucked in from the countryside. Liquid and solid waste and organic material could also be recycled using the Farmscrapers, with the waste being turned into plant food. In addition to cutting emissions, these eco skyscrapers would bring a touch of functional greenery to the Chinese city of 10.3 million. The Farmscrapers are just a concept now, but it's not out of the realm of possibility to think that China would at least consider a design such as this.
Trend Themes
1. Multi-story Urban Farms - Opportunity for sustainable urban agriculture within cities, reducing transportation and cutting emissions.
2. Eco Skyscrapers - Potential for functional greenery integrated into high-rise buildings, providing a greener aesthetic and environmental benefits.
3. Waste Recycling - Innovative ways to repurpose liquid and solid waste, transforming them into resources for plant food and reducing waste management challenges.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architectural firms can explore designing eco-friendly skyscrapers that integrate sustainable farming practices for urban environments.
2. Agriculture - Opportunity for urban farmers to grow crops within city limits, reducing the need for transportation and potentially increasing self-sufficiency.
3. Waste Management - Companies in waste management can explore new methods to recycle and repurpose waste materials, contributing to a circular economy and supporting urban farming initiatives.
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