The attached designs for AWR's LOFT 2011 competition may be unconventional, but you'd better get used to the idea of vertical farms because they're among the most efficient means of food production and urban transportation.
AWR is an annual competition held between architects, industrial designers and urban planners -- this year, the contest challenged experts to conceptualize vertical farms. An important caveat, however, is that these urban pastures would have to include residential elements. Although only one winner was announced, all of the entries succeeded in marrying eco-friendly architecture with beautiful, avant-garde designs. One submission, entitled 'Cultivated Carousel,' cultivates food by placing plants onto rotating wheels.
But don't be turned off by the strangeness of these illustrations -- having a farm somewhere in your apartment building will be an integral part of life in the future.