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04/01/2012

Swedish in-city greenhouse innovation.

A mockup of an in city, massive greenhouse which would grow food for citizens.

The greenhouse will serve as a regenerating food bank, tackling urban sprawl while making the city self-sufficient. Plantagon predicts that growing these plants in the city will make food production less costly both for the environment and for consumers, a key shift as the world’s population grows increasingly urban—80 percent of the world’s residents will live in cities by 2050, the United Nations estimates. ‘Essentially, as urban sprawl and lack of land will demand solutions for how to grow industrial volumes in the middle of the city, solutions on this problem have to focus on high yield per ground area used, lack of water, energy, and air to house carbon dioxide,’ Plantagon CEO Hans Hassle says.”

This is a fantastic idea. Huge, in city, multi-platformed greenhouses. I’m not a fan of how it could be exploited by massive companies, but if the people growing the food in the city are part owners of their work and not just slaves to corporations like Monsanto, it provides a market for small farmers to grow fresh food to be sold locally. Sustainability and innovation should drive the next several decades of city building.

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