Green Futures Tuesday: Vertical farms, skyscraper forests. Are they our urban future? #gfstu

This event in the Green Futures Tuesday series was arranged on February 7th 2012, at 6pm GMT, by the Department of Green Innovations and Solutions.

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Martin Wright

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#gfstu

Right, here we go…. about to upload our latest Twitterlecture: a vision of the future in 15 tweets! @SvTwuni @greenfutures #gfstu
5:31 PM
1. Want a snapshot of the city of the future? Imagine the Hanging Gardens of Babylon – on a skyscraper scale. #gfstu
5:35 PM
2. Towering greenhouses featuring layer upon layer of plant beds, harvesting the rain, turning sunlight into food, greening the city. #gfstu
5:37 PM
3. According to Dickson Despommier (@VFDoctor) at Columbia Uni, a single 30-storey structure could feed 10,000 people. #gfstu
5:37 PM
4. Over half the world now lives in cities. Such ‘vertical farms’ could be the ultimate in local food production. #gfstu
5:39 PM
5. Sounds far fetched? It’s starting to happen – on a small scale. Humble Paignton Zoo in the UK is a pioneer: http://t.co/0TWrxuUC #gfstu
5:39 PM
6. Some question the viability: such huge structures might sag under weight of soil and greenery; maintenance costs could spiral. #gfstu
5:40 PM
7. But the idea has fallen on fertile ground – not least as a way of bringing desperately-needed greenery back into town. #gfstu
5:41 PM
8. In Fukuoka, Japan, the new ACROS building features a gorgeous cascade of lush greenery from rooftop to street:http://t.co/OgYbskRX #gfstu
5:42 PM
9. And an extraordinary vision for a ‘spiral garden’ won the 2010 Incheon International Design Awards: http://t.co/nRJvyr3d #gfstu
5:44 PM
@MelissaSterry
@SvTwuni I question any proposal that involves placing a tree on the top of a building… which is unworkable on so many levels! #gfstu
5:45 PM
10. Most practical application to date maybe The Plant, Chicago – a clever mix of fish farm and vertical garden:http://t.co/gdrvQr1N #gfstu
5:45 PM
11. And in Manchester, in the UK, the city’s legendary rainfall is being tapped for an experimental farm in a derelict tower block. #gfstu
5:46 PM
12. In Singapore’s Changi General Hospital, hydroponic vegetables on the roof feed patients and cool wards. http://t.co/Ryytr7Eb #gfstu
5:48 PM
13. Milan even has grand plans for a pair of skyscrapers doubling as vertical forests: http://t.co/4ydj5bSa #gfstu
5:52 PM
14. So what do you think? Are vertical farms & forests the product of an over eager imagination among ‘rus in urbe’ fantasists? #gfstu
5:53 PM
15. Or are they a wonderful way of bringing nourishment – dietary and spiritual – to the 21st century city dweller? #gfstu
5:53 PM
@transarchitect
RT @SvTwuni: 4. Over half the world now lives in cities. Such ‘vertical farms’ could be the ultimate in local food production. #gfstu
5:54 PM
@transarchitect
RT @SvTwuni: 3. According to Dickson Despommier (@VFDoctor) at Columbia Uni, a single 30-storey structure could feed 10,000 people. #gfstu
5:54 PM
Join the debate by visiting: http://t.co/CSYoE5GW. (Or just look for #gfstu.)
5:58 PM
@MelissaSterry Well, the idea is that the building would be designed to incorporate small trees, plants, vegetation etc… #gfstu
5:59 PM
@melissasterry – so not quite as crude as simply plonking a tree on a roof – at least, I don’t think that’s the idea! #gfstu
6:00 PM
@Sustaination
@SvTwuni this is also something apt dwellers can do, too: http://t.co/GDGtQkje and the great Farm:Shop in London, and Brightfarms too #gfstu
6:04 PM
@Sustaination
@SvTwuni Sorry a little late, but great mini-briefing thank you! #gfstu
6:03 PM
@Sustaination
RT @SvTwuni: 3. According to Dickson Despommier (@VFDoctor) at Columbia Uni, a single 30-storey structure could feed 10,000 people. #gfstu
6:00 PM
@Sustaination You’re welcome! Glad you found it interesting: what’s your view? Are vertical farms viable? #gfstu
6:04 PM
@Sustaination
@SvTwuni more than viable, vertical farms are necessary & desirable. It’s inevitable as cities grow and existing food systems fail. #gfstu
6:06 PM
@Sustaination
@SvTwuni the principles of permaculture design are about to be urbanised – it’s really great system interplay. Long live the future! #gfstu
6:08 PM
@Sustaination Agree – there are huge logistical problems for sure, but as a basic principle – grow food near people – it’s spot on. #gfstu
6:09 PM
@Sustaination
@SvTwuni well there are even bigger logistical problems in NOT doing it, not to mention environment, health, employment..so crack on! #gfstu
6:11 PM
Thanks for ‘watching’ (‘reading’? ‘following’?!) today’s Twitterlecture – hope you enjoyed it! Keep up with us @greenfutures! #gfstu
6:17 PM
@stephenpassmore
Twitterlecture today by @SvTwuni on Vertical farms, skyscraper forests. Are they our urban future? is a great insight @greenfutures #gfstu
7:16 PM
@MelissaSterry
@SvTwuni Many of the green roof proposals I see in the media illustrate no appreciation of the dendrological/meteorological issues involved.
7:18 PM
@BrynCocynFarm
@SvTwuni Whose cycle do you deprive to feed those soil-less plants? You mine disappearing resources or you steal from another’s life cycle
6:38 PM
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