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Farmchitecture On the Horizon: Urban Plant Tower Proposed for NYC Is Part of Citywide Farm Revolution
February 19, 2016
If you want a sneak peak at NYC, "circa not far from now", you'll have to check out the Urban Plant Tower proposed by D+DS architecture. This brilliant idea takes "green building" to where it really should be by creating a living structure that does not just contain us efficiently, but sustains us, growing and breathing like a living organism.
Biophilic structures like the proposed plant tower incorporate permaculture along with parking, having farms in their food courts. This architectural bravado has a place for avocado trees with lobbies that literally grow on you.
Image of Urban Plant Tower via D+DS Architecture.
The Urban Plant Tower would include 400 apartments with communal spaces in the middle of the structure and a hydroponic winter garden on the rooftop. According to the architects, the entire building will operate on renewable cycles of energy and water. A fully functional renewable food cycle will be made possible by the hydroponic system. And, the building will integrate retail space with an orchard, ample green space, sport facilities, and bioswales.
This innovative plant tower is part of Gotham's citywide farm movement. Here's a taste of what is already happening around the NYC farm scene: