Framlab focuses on sustainable infrastructures to update the urban landscape, including building modular vertical farms in Brooklyn

Despite its reputation for being a place of endless possibilities, New York City does have serious limitations when it comes to certain resources. Its vegetation and open space leave little to sustain and feed its inhabitants—leaving some residents in food deserts, unable to access fresh items like fruit and vegetables. To help address this challenge and provide seamless access to food, the design agency Framlab is taking a creative approach, building vertical farms into Brooklyn's existing infrastructure.

Inspired by the growth process of trees, the agency is implementing the urban farms utilizing a modular system that can configure and connect via interfaces. Leveraging AI technology, the modules adapt based on environmental conditions to facilitate ideal growing conditions including temperature and climate. The modular approach allows for planting in various locations without disturbing existing infrastructure or surroundings: Trees can be placed throughout parks, on sidewalks and more, and the self-regulating structures enable the Brooklyn community to access local food all year round.

Functioning as a sustainable system, Framlab's project allows the city to preserve its current layout while enhancing the landscape. The sustainable option as identified by PSFK researchers is one of many innovations improving urban living—check out The Future Of Home + Living report here.