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Unbuilt Wonders of the Future: Dystopian Farming Project (2014)

Just like an alien-looking insect nest , the biomorphic Dystopian Farming project by architect Eric Vergne is a composite skyscraper tha...

Just like an alien-looking insect nest, the biomorphic Dystopian Farming project by architect Eric Vergne is a composite skyscraper that combines farms, worker housing and marketplaces. It was one of the three finalists of the 2014 Evolo Skyscraper Competition that offered an out-of-the-box solution to urban management and vertical farming with a key design idea: mixing opposing social classes - urban consumers and rural farmers. It basically rejects romanticizing food projection while embracing genetic engineering, airoponic watering and nutrient technologies in a fully-controlled environment to meet New York's gargantuan food production needs.

Most of the world's major cities have a population of more than 3 million people so it has become a mission for some urban designers to find food production solutions through vertical farms. It is expected that 80% of the world's population will be living in all the world's major cities and urban centers by 2050 with 109 hectares of arable land needed to feed every one of them.

The Dystopian Farm was specifically designed for the Hudson Yard in Manhattan is modeled after the plant cells of ferns based on the material logic of plant mechanics. Aside from infusing the dense urban areas with carbon dioxide-consuming green spaces, Vergne has envisioned the structures to dynamically alter the fabric of urban living.

"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," Vergne adds.

1 comment

  1. While its buttugly I wouldnt necessarily call it dystopian.
    It meets needs, does not claim much enviroment and is not insulting human dignity afterall.