Eric Vergne is one of three finalists in this year’s Evolvo Skyscraper Competition. He’s created an unusual biomorphic building which is designed to be a hi-tech vertical farm to fulfill the needs of future New York City residents. It’s estimated that 80% of the world’s population will be living in urban centers by 2050, and vertical farms are an ever increasing part of the plan to help feed them in a sustainable manner.
Designed for the Hudson Yard area of Manhattan, Eric Vergne’s Dystopian Farm aims to provide New York with a sustainable food source while creating a dynamic social space that integrates producers with consumers. Based upon the “material logic of plant mechanics”, the biomorphic skyscraper is modeled after the plant cells of ferns and provides space for farms, residential areas, and markets. These organic structures will harness systems such as airoponic watering, nutrient technology and controlled lighting and CO2 levels to meet the food demands of future populations.
In addition to infusing dense urban areas with CO2-consuming green spaces, Vergne envisions the structures as dynamically altering the fabric of city life: “Through food production and consumption, this skyscraper sets up a fluctuation of varying densities and collections of people, bringing together different social and cultural groups, creating new and unforseen urban experiences that form and dissipate within the flux of city life.”
[via Coudal Partners]