Harvest Green's Vision of Vertical Urban Farming in Mixed-Use Buildings

Romses Architects' Harvest Green Project

Romses Architects' Harvest Green Project, a winning entry in Vancouver's "The 2030 Challenge," explores urban vertical farming in mixed-use buildings.

The architecture firm envisions a building that contains vegetables, herbs, fish, fruit, egg-laying chickens, and a goat and sheep dairy facility. The Harvest Tower will be powered by photovoltaic glazing, small and large-scale wind turbines, and methane generated from compost. A rainwater cistern on top of the tower will provide irrigation for on-site crops and roof gardens.

In addition to farm and garden facilities, the tower will also contain a plant and seed lab, an organic foods store, a supermarket, a harvest restaurant, a transit station, and underground parking. Regardless of whether it is ever built, the Harvest Tower represents a potential urban future of mixed-use buildings with tenants that work together (i.e the roof garden supplies food to the restaurant and supermarket, the plant and seed lab provides research for the roof garden, etc.). 

Romses Architects' Harvest Green Project

Romses Architects' Harvest Green Project

[Via DesignBoom]

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  • Valcent Bulletin

    Please add to this concept the multiplying effect of going vertical on each floor. Check out our system now operating and producing huge amounts of food for animals at a zoo in England: http://www.valcent.net

    This system multiplies any profitability equation by a factor of 5 for a 10ft ceiling. It also reduces water consumption by a huge amount thanks to mist and drip techniques. Valcent was awarded as one of Time Magazines’ Top 50 Innovations of 2009 and Robert Kennedy Jr. just joined their advisory board.

    We're actually proving it works and will have 6 more large scale projects to start early in the new year. Follow @ValcentProdInc on Twitter if you want to watch our progress.

  • Valcent Bulletin

    Please add to this concept the multiplying effect of going vertical on each floor. Check out our system now operating and producing huge amounts of food for animals at a zoo in England: http://www.valcent.net

    This system multiplies any profitability equation by a factor of 5 for a 10ft ceiling. It also reduces water consumption by a huge amount thanks to mist and drip techniques. Valcent was awarded as one of Time Magazines’ Top 50 Innovations of 2009 and Robert Kennedy Jr. just joined their advisory board.

    We're actually proving it works and will have 6 more large scale projects to start early in the new year. Follow @ValcentProdInc on Twitter if you want to watch our progress